White House gun announcement to come Wednesday
January 15th, 2013
01:05 PM ET
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White House gun announcement to come Wednesday

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will announce “concrete” proposals to prevent gun violence at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday.

He will be joined by Vice President Joe Biden who led the administration's efforts to determine policy steps to take. Obama said Monday he was reviewing Biden's proposals.

"They will be joined by children from around the country who wrote the president letters in the wake of that tragedy expressing their concerns about gun violence and school safety along with their parents," Carney said.

Carney declined to provide details about what the proposals will include but said Obama "intends to take a comprehensive approach," including renewal of the assault weapons ban which expired after ten years in 2004, a ban of high-capacity gun magazines and closing background check loopholes.

Biden's set of proposals includes as many as 19 executive actions that Obama could take without congressional approval, legislators briefed by Biden said Tuesday.

But Carney noted "there are limits on what can be done within existing law" and said Congress would have to act on certain proposals "because the power to do that is reserved by Congress and to Congress."

President Barack Obama said at a news conference on Monday, "I expect to have a fuller presentation later in the week to give people some specifics about what I think we need to do."

Rep. Elizabeth Esty, a freshman Connecticut Democrat, acknowledged the forthcoming announcement earlier Tuesday. Her district includes Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children at an elementary school were among the 27 killed December 14 by a gunman who also shot and killed himself. She is vice chairwoman of an informal gun violence group appointed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

"We are focused on a comprehensive approach that will deal with true gun safety regulations and protect the rights of responsible gun owners but also deal with mental health issues but most importantly keeping our children and our communities safe," Esty told reporters Tuesday.

Biden held a meeting with the group appointed by Pelosi on Monday, the White House said.

Obama said at the Monday news conference that the panel "presented me now with a list of sensible, common-sense steps that can be taken to make sure that the kinds of violence we saw at Newtown doesn't happen again."

- CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin contributed to this report

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soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Viablanca repeated.

    Restricting firearms sales to honest, law abiding American citizens will do little or nothing to prevent violence and much to undermine the core values of a free society.
    Restrictive gun laws seem to work quite well in most every country that has them.

    January 15, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Jim970

    I just hope that in this mad rush to control guns somebody in the administration is looking at the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Probably a false hope. The current administration has not been great followers of the Constitution in other areas. And now the vice president has hinted they may ignore Congress in not only gun control but in raising the debt ceiling as well.

    January 15, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. bhtrump

    Assault weapon ban renewal: Won't work. Columbine happened during an assault weapons ban. Criminals will still be able to obtain assault weapons.

    Large capacity magazine ban: If there are hundreds of millions of guns in the US. How many magazines do you think there are? If you guessed "also hundreds of millions", you are correct. Criminals and psychos will be able to obtain them.

    Enforce current laws: Decent first step, but criminals and psychos have the capacity to steal.

    Background checks: A paperwork nightmare, but will hopefully (yet doubtfully) keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill and criminals. I guess they will have to try to steal more.

    January 15, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Akr

    Good for the President and Vice President! Everyone that's moaning and complaining about rights had no problem at all after Sept 2001 with the Patriot Act and other infringements on our "rights". A person with violent tendencies does not have a right to own an assault weapon that can murder innocent children and adults in a matter of second.s

    January 15, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Mario

    Since REPUBLICANS and the NRA want compromise on gun control it's time start treating them like the Tobacco industry. Outlaw ALL advertising on TV,News Paper and Bill Boards. Outlaw and ALL DONATIONS to POLITION and CANPAINS. Keep Gun Seller far away from SCOOLS, CHURCH's.

    January 15, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. MTB

    A left wing wet dream. Most of this will not see the light of day by the only branch of government that can make and pass laws: CONGRESS. He can spew all he wants...

    January 15, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ Seriously, Dutch

    Assault rifles belong on the battlefield and not on our streets. I'm not sure if you recall the North Hollywood Shootout. The police were outgunned. The suspects had assault rifles along with 100 round drums. That shootout dragged on for a while before the police were able to get weapons to match up agianst what the criminals had. Still think assault rifles belong on the streets?

    January 15, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. Howie

    You've got four thugs trying to break into your house from different points of entry with their intent on robbing, raping, and killing your family, ok now lets say you have a old fashioned six shooter and an assault rifle with 30 rds which one would the anti gun people prefer to have? remember we can't stop crazy ppl just try and defend ourselves from them.

    January 15, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. dscon

    You get up on top of those graves mr president,
    and don't forget to invite the brian terry family and the survivors of the 300 mexican citizens killed
    by F+F.

    January 15, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. BoThome

    Only thing I want to hear come out of this are:

    1. All gun purchases/trades/sales need to be documented through a valid FFL.
    2. 10's of billions of dollars will be invested into healthcare to better identify those considered mentally ill and more treatment provided to reduce the number of violent crimes they commit

    Banning anything (guns/accessories that don't even kill 300 people a year) is absolutely wrong and a waste of time, money and resources. The 1994 ban proved this. We've had 30% fewer gun related murders each year over the past 8 years without a gun ban than we did the 10 years with a gun ban (avg was 19,000 a year murdered during the ban, 13,000 a year since the ban expired, for which gun related murders has continually dropped, the lowest being the last reported in 2011 at 8600 people murdered with guns).

    Whether your pro or anti gun, the bottom line is bans have already proven not to fix the problem of violent crimes or mass shootings. Over 1/2 of the mass shootings over the past decade DID NOT involve the types of guns you are crying to be banned!

    Address the real problem, mental illness.

    January 15, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. organically

    The U.S. government in coordination with top collegiate scholars must study and implement long term cultural changes designed to decrease your need and desire to own a gun. Current events are just the very beginning of this process.

    January 15, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Peach

    Oh please--there is NO PROOF that restricting guns will save anyone's life. If someone wants to kill, they will find a way. In the meantime, no one is discussing the REAL issues of mental health.

    January 15, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. rad666

    Didn't Elmer Fudd use a shotgun? Children grew up with that and it was acceptable.

    January 15, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Dean

    Maybe he could stop Holder from giving them to criminals.

    January 15, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. Karl

    I think lots of people would like to see "concrete" proposals for removing both of these clowns from office prematurely.

    January 15, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. Tom Powell

    Sensible and common Sense Steps? I know it's phoney baloney time now A democrat with Sensible and Common sense steps. LOL

    January 15, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. BoThome

    Rudy NYC
    Restrictive gun laws seem to work quite well in most every country that has them.

    Rudy, you may want to look up the statistics again. Japan and Great Britain both have 100% gun bans in place, both have seen an exponential explosion in violent crimes and suicides. Taking guns away from law abiding citizens just makes them the next potential victim of someone who doesn't care about the law.

    January 15, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. nomad2003

    the creativity of the human race will circumvent any law.

    January 15, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Dean


    Oh please–there is NO PROOF that restricting guns will save anyone's life. If someone wants to kill, they will find a way. In the meantime, no one is discussing the REAL issues of mental health
    Peach – more like the real issue of social issues and respect for your fellow man.

    January 15, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. Frank

    We need to reduce gun violence by banning specific colors of guns (such as black or "camo"), and any guns with a particular set of "sick" accessories. For example, any rifle with a "pistol grip" handle or a "mounting rail" accessory needs to be banned if we're going to prevent any more school shootings. Also, any empty magazine that can be swapped for a full one in under 30 seconds should be banned, regardless of size.

    January 15, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. jim

    I think it's funny how people are overeating about this. The ban was in place in the past and you never heard this much crying. My family has quite a few guns and most are used for hunting. The others are hand guns for protection, but I'm not afraid of someone taking them. That just not goning to happen in America! They goverment could not find them all if they wanted too.

    January 15, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. ArchieDeBunker

    Headline Should Read:


    January 15, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. M

    How would this be violating the constitution?

    For that to be true, you would have to prove that there aren't already many restrictions on the 2nd Amendment. For instance you can't own a fully automatic weapon. You can't own an RPG. You can't own a shoulder mount missile.

    Get it through your heads that there is already plenty of legal precedence to put further restrictions in place. The original Bill of Rights has been changed 27 times.

    January 15, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Receo

    If you want to actually limit criminals from having access to firearms without limiting American freedoms, institute a tax deduction for gun safes.

    January 15, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. nate

    I'm pretty sure that is not going to work. Violence from guns almost always come from illegally accessed methods.

    January 15, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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