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

Filed under: Gun control • President Obama • White House
soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. ST

    @ Al
    So long as republicans do not control the Senate, no impeachment can take place.

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

    January 15, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. David Lowe

    Since the fuel for this push really was the overall gun murder rates in the country I think it would have been more fitting to invite a room full if inner city minority young males to attend. They are statistically orders of magnitude more at risk than school children but not as endearing to the television media and their sponsors I suppose.

    January 15, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Independent

    @Tom.....that is the funniest thing I have EVER read on here!!! The bible was written by MEN you ignorance fool!!!! Try getting an education and open you mind for a change, you might like it!

    January 15, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Obama: does and says absolutely nothign to claim or even suggest that he has the power to ban all guns via EO and, in fact, sets forth extremely reasonable, undeniably constitutional exercises of executive power that he is considering.

    NRA/Gun Sales fanatics in response: "ERMAHGERD!!!! HERTLER AND STERLIN!!!! He gonna take all our guns away!!!! Quick, everyone freak out, armageddon has arrived, lock and load!!!!"

    What a sadly predictable, off-the-reservation, maniacal overreaction from you people. Silliness and gullibility without end.

    January 15, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. Keith

    unfortunately the wrong doings of many americans will result in stricter gun laws. In cases like this, the responsible gun owners will suffer because of it. However, sacrifices need to be made, and emotions need to be set aside. At this point, anything is better than doing nothing. More guns isn't the answer. Better law, and back ground checks, and eliminating certain weapons, etc need to happen.

    January 15, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. bill

    If someone wants to do drugs, they will still find a way to do drugs, but that is no reason to do away with the drug laws. Also, if someone wants to drink and drive they will, but we should still keep the laws to prosecute those who do. Same with guns, under no circumstances should people be using "legally" purchased assault weapons to kill en mass our children. It took 27 seconds to kill all those people at the theater in Auroa, it took less than 2 minutes to kill those 20 children and 6 teachers in Newton. More guns are not the answer. But a ban on assault weapons along with intensive background checks on other weapons is the answer.

    January 15, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    Be tough. Sign gun-control law. Good luck in advance., buddy.

    January 15, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. Matthew

    Didn't he just sign into law that he gets lifetime protection from the secret service? Basically he wants to always be protected by men with these weapons but doesn't want the American public to have a variation of the guns used to protect him? The old saying "do as I say and not as I do" really applies here.

    January 15, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |

    Why doesnt he work on the murder control laws? Those are not working very well. How many people are getting murdered every day and he wont even address the issue.

    January 15, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Tim

    Who, in their right mind, would use children as props when discussing gun violence?

    January 15, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Iamrightyouarewrong

    If Albert was correct in his quote would it then be safe to assume that a fair quote be.

    "Electing the same people over and over and expecting different results"

    January 15, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. rblock7

    The hypocrsy of the gun control argument is simply sad, 20 children were killed by a lunatic and everyone on the side of gun control looks to take advantage of this horror. And no one can say its about protecting children, if it were the US would have done something to stop the 1,000,000 childern killed in the DRC in the last 10 years or the 100,000 killed in the Sudan and Darfur and all of these horrors visted on children are happening right now.

    And the NRA needs to get a clue, background checks and a database of the mentally ill should be part of purchasing a firearm as well as the proper training to use it and use it correctly and responsibly.

    As a culture we need to ensure that our rights are not infringed by any goverment who does not have our interest at heart and support those in goverment who do, in a free society you need a rerason to make a thing illegal not a to legalize thing based on revenue, market share or Honey Boo Boo's ratings.

    January 15, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Kevin P

    I would love to know what it is about a pistol grip that supposedly makes a semi-automatic rifle more dangerous. Since that is one of the key identifying features of an "assault weapon" it would make sense to identify not only the feature, but what makes that feature so much more dangerous. If we got a definition of an AW, along with the features and their respective added dangers then perhaps an AW ban would make more sense. Of course the overwhelming majority of gun violence doesn't use "assault weapons" in the 1st place.

    January 15, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Ek


    The hollywood shootout was with fully automatic weapons... those are illegal already...

    January 15, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. MIke

    Funny but when it was the government killing innocent, unarmed students there wasn't a cry for taking guns away. Kent State -1970.

    January 15, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Restrictive gun laws seem to work quite well in most every country that has them.
    If Country A and Country B were EXACTLY the same in every other aspect, and Country A enacted restrictive gun laws resulting in X Percent drop in violent crime, one could reasonablly expect the same result if Country B were to enact the same restrictive gun laws. Since Country A and Country B will never be the same, your conclusion that the result would be the same is presumptuous... and ludicrous.

    January 15, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Dennis

    An executive order is nothing more than saying " I understand its
    not the will of the people, but I'm going to shove it down
    your throat anyway"!!!!

    January 15, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Wintota

    Make bullets cost as much as gold. $2500 per bullet. That will shut down the madness in a flash!

    January 15, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "Stop following this stupid document written by men called "Constitution".... follow one that was 'written' by God, the Bible."

    I honestly almost peed a little when I read this. Wow. I'd say something snarky or whatever, but, well, res ipsa loquitor.

    January 15, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. mlemm

    Just what "rights" are being taken away by these gun restriction proposals, the right to kill as many people as you want as quickly as you can? The gun rights and 2nd amendment "defenders" make me sick trying to justify that they have a "right" to own weapons that have no legitimate use except to kill people. Do you think that the 2nd amendment would even exist if the "arms" that exist today were available when it was written.
    No one who truly enjoys the shooting sports as I do needs automatic or semi automatic weapons to "enjoy" the shooting sports. All laws in this country are the reaction to bad stuff that happens so when people don't act responsibly we make laws to try and prevent those things from happening again.
    Most mass shooting in this country were not committed by long term criminals or even "bad" guys but rather here to fore "responsible" gun owners who flipped out and started shooting lots of people just because they could.
    Well sorry they ruined it for all the "responsible" gun owners out there but that's just way it is. Unfortunately we as a society can't trust the "responsible" gun owners out there because maybe when you lose your job or you catch your wife cheating on you you'll flip out too since you're mad at the world and decide to use your guns to start killing people.
    I don't want to see ALL guns banned but we have to start somewhere no law will stop all the killing but weak and inconsistent laws are contributing to too many people being killed because it's just too easy to do.
    It long past time to have consistent national laws on gun ownership and legislate what "responsible gun ownership" is supposed to look like and owning high capacity rapid firing weapons should not be part of it. It's time all the so called "responsible" gun owners took a stand for reasonable gun control measures in this country. The victims of Newtown and all gun violence deserve no less.

    January 15, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. Matthew

    Look at the updated I investigation reports from the school shooting in Connecticut ! The assault rifle was found in the trunk of the assailants car and never fired a shot in the school! Interesting that the assault rifle is still being focused on when new evidence proves it wasn't even used. Way to manipulate tradgedy to push a personal agenda

    January 15, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. Independent

    @Trex.......BS, lets see the pulls, as always you people just say what you want without any evidence!!!!!! If you don't like it then LEAVE!!! This country was created with this little document call the constitution, again if you don't like it LEAVE!!!

    January 15, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  24. M

    Sick of this 'criminal will find a way' argument as well.

    Illegal guns are in large, a myth. The ATF reports 3 main ways criminals are getting guns. Liscensed shops that are corrupt or just don't care, straw purchases, and gun shows. In all 3 cases, these guns are being bought 'legally'. There are no laws being broken. In many cases these guns were registered at time of purchase. Dealers wont turn down the cash for doing something with little consequence.

    Ask the Chicago crime task force. They recently traced nearly 15% of guns recovered since 2008 to ONE gun shop in Cook county. Guess what. Due to policies put in place by NRA lobbyists and congress, there's almost nothing to charge them with. They're still in business. And business is good.

    January 15, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. Mitch

    Nothing about this will be legislation will be fair. Dark and sad times ahead. We now live in a country where 20 deaths, or 0.002% of the 8583 deaths (2011) from firearms can change the our policies as a whole country. 0.037% of murders were committed using any form of rifle, yet these are the evil machines that they go after. The abuse of the executive order to pass law feared to get hung up in the senate is grounds for impeachment alone. I only hope the supreme court can overturn some of these nonsense things to be proposed. Americans no longer take responsibility of their actions, at what point to we ban everything to get death overall lower.

    Jim, this is not the same as before. They are going after all semi-automatic weapons, all of them.

    January 15, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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