NEWS: 33 Days, 23 Actions on Gun Control

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President Barack Obama signed 23 executive actions on gun control Wednesday, presenting proposals for universal background checks on gun sales, expanded safety programs in schools and a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The call for federal legislation comes 33 days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn. It also comes amid strong opposition from the National Rifle Association, which launched a new TV ad referring to Obama as an “elitist hypocrite” and mentioning the president’s daughters.

“We can’t put this off any longer,” Obama said at the White House event that included Vice President Joe Biden, children who wrote the president about their concerns on gun control, and relatives of some of the 20 Sandy Hook first-graders killed by a gunman on Dec. 14, 2012. Six adults also were victims that day. Obama promptly formed a gun control task force to address gun violence, placing Biden at the helm. “This is our first task as a society — keeping our children safe,” Obama said Wednesday, promising to use “whatever weight this office holds” to make his proposals happen. “Congress must act soon.”

Obama signs executive orders on gun control

PHOTO CREDIT: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Listening to the political pundits and abrasive rhetoric over Second Amendment rights drives home an important message. We, as a society, are facing a major paradigm shift _ a change from one way of thinking to another that won’t happen unless every U.S. citizen is willing to put egos aside and seriously consider our role in protecting each other from harm.

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