Obama Calls for Universal Background Checks, More School Cops—Your Thoughts?

In an address Wednesday morning, Obama also announced he would sign 23 executive orders related to gun control, public safety and mental health.

President Obama announced Wednesday he will ask Congress to pass legislation requiring universal background checks for anyone attempting to buy a gun, restore a ban on military-style assault weapons, and limit magazines to seven bullets. 

What do you think of the president's proposals? Tell us in the comments section below.

Obama also said he will sign 23 executive orders to enhance background checks, give mental health professionals more options for reporting threats of violence, and providing additional funds to schools to hire 1,000 school resource officers.

He also called for training to help teachers identify the signs of mental illness, and research into any links between violent images in video games and media and in real life.

Repeatedly mentioning mass shootings in Newtown, CT; Clackamas, OR; and Aurora, CO, Obama said significant enhancements in gun control will come only if people from all parts of the country—including current gun owners—support the changes.

"We have to examine ourselves and our hearts, and ask ourselves, what is important?" he said. "This will not happen unless the American people demand it.”

More details on Obama's proposals can be found in the attached PDF or on a new White House website dedicated to the topic.

The Captain February 07, 2013 at 06:00 AM
Here-her here-hee, come one come all, the constitution of our four fathers will be re-written underthe judicial premises that all Americans are innocent until proven guilty and no common constituent is allowed to engage in any criminal act, the act that be in quartering any red-jacket or treason. So be my fellow Americans that if he or she shall feel infringed by a Captain or Red-Jacket to submit, then my fellow Americans we must use our second amendment and bare all arms. Now Paxson and Greg drop down and give me 20 and take a run up the hill until you reach a whiskey barrell, then you may turn around ... and have a rice day :)
Jolly Roger February 07, 2013 at 08:48 AM
Jeremiah, the issue is that while you’re having a shootout everybody else that you’re not aiming for is running for cover. As you say, bad things happen every day, even with relatively lax gun laws we have here (and they are lax, just look at the rest of the world). Guns only compound the problem. And do me a favor, if you see me getting raped, just let it happen rather than shoot at the guy doing it. I would rather just be a rape victim and not a rape victim with a gunshot wound.
Jolly Roger February 07, 2013 at 08:51 AM
Captain! Captian! Can I join your militia?
Luther Higgins February 07, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Better watch out your going to wake up one day and the only way your going to be able to protect you home is with a paint gun.
desertpatriot February 07, 2013 at 03:15 PM
"It's my proposed solution and the end of my participation on this thread" it's a miracle. oh thank heaven!
Russell Smith February 07, 2013 at 04:24 PM
I support the President on these minimal attempts to stem gun violence. More must be done. We need to get the guns off of the streets! Just look at the bloodbath that is taking place in Chicago and other major cities of this countries. There are so many murders and mass murders that it is hard to comprehend, or remember them. What about the mass murders on the college campus in Virginia a few years back? What about those poor Amish children who were massacred? It just goes on and on, yet the NRA is against even the tiniest restrictions on guns. Of course, I agree with them that more must be done on the mental health side of this issue. Research must be done that helps identify those individuals who are at risk of gun violence. If that young man's mother in Conn. had not been a gun aficionado, she and those children and her son would probably all be alive today.
Russell Smith February 07, 2013 at 04:28 PM
My parents never owned guns. We lived in D.C. during the Martin Luther King riots. A neighbor came to our door with a shotgun and offered to loan it to him. He said no and closed the door. Nobody in my family (and it is a large one) owns guns. Gun owners who buy them for "protection" more often than not find these weapons used on themselves or their loved ones. I had a neighbor who was wheelchair bound because she and her friends were playing with the father's pistol. Thinking that a gun will protect you from the evil in this world is a fallacy.
Andy Carr February 07, 2013 at 09:20 PM
I support one our best presidents: Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. -President Ronald Reagan
Andy Carr February 07, 2013 at 10:19 PM
"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government." - George Washington "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." - Thomas Jefferson "I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery." - Thomas Jefferson "The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." - Thomas Jefferson (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria)
Andy Carr February 07, 2013 at 10:21 PM
"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks." - Thomas Jefferson "The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed." - Thomas Jefferson "On every occasion [of Constitutional interpretation] let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying [to force] what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, [instead let us] conform to the probable one in which it was passed." - Thomas Jefferson
Andy Carr February 07, 2013 at 10:22 PM
"I enclose you a list of the killed, wounded, and captives of the enemy from the commencement of hostilities at Lexington in April, 1775, until November, 1777, since which there has been no event of any consequence ... I think that upon the whole it has been about one half the number lost by them, in some instances more, but in others less. This difference is ascribed to our superiority in taking aim when we fire; every soldier in our army having been intimate with his gun from his infancy." - Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Giovanni Fabbroni, June 8, 1778 "Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion in private self defense." - John Adams "To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them." - George Mason "I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians." - George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights) "Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every country in Europe." - Noah Webster
Andy Carr February 07, 2013 at 10:23 PM
"The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops." - Noah Webster "A government resting on the minority is an aristocracy, not a Republic, and could not be safe with a numerical and physical force against it, without a standing army, an enslaved press and a disarmed populace." - James Madison "Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms." - James Madison
Andy Carr February 07, 2013 at 10:24 PM
"The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country." - James Madison "The ultimate authority resides in the people alone." - James Madison "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." - William Pitt "To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them." - Richard Henry Lee
Andy Carr February 07, 2013 at 10:25 PM
"A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves ... and include all men capable of bearing arms." - Richard Henry Lee "Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.... The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun." - Patrick Henry "This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty.... The right of self defense is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction." - St. George Tucker "...
Andy Carr February 07, 2013 at 10:25 PM
arms ... discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property.... Horrid mischief would ensue were (the law-abiding) deprived the use of them." - Thomas Paine "The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms." - Samuel Adams "The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them." - Joseph Story "What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty .... Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins." - Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts " ... for it is a truth, which the experience of all ages has attested, that the people are commonly most in danger when the means of insuring their rights are in the possession of those of whom they entertain the least suspicion." - Alexander Hamilton
Andy Carr February 07, 2013 at 10:26 PM
I am a Yankee Doodle Dandy...................
None February 07, 2013 at 10:55 PM
If “Our President” was really in favor of stopping all of this violence, he should take a trip to his old home town of Chicago and get the mayor of that fair city and pass some more anti-gun legislation. I understand they do have some laws on the books but the positive effect of his presence along with his old friend Mr. Emanuel would bring that city right into line and all the folks that go around shooting each other would read and follow these new laws and become model citizens. His next trip should be to New York where he could sit down with the Mayor and do the same thing there. Then, he could use this as an example to the other cities with the violence problems.
None February 08, 2013 at 03:06 AM
Tonight, on the news both TV and the radio, all we saw or heard about was a story about an ex: LA cop that nutted out and killed some people. That is in the news today because it involved guns. But, how many people were killed today in an automobile accident involving an individual without a driver’s license or automobile insurance? How many were involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, an 18 wheeler that was driven by someone not keeping up with their log? How many overdoses of prescription drugs were the cause of a death today. The problem is, these things do not make the news. This is just something to think about, however, every one of these things involves our laws but who is promoting any change to control any of these activities? Just a thought!
Michael February 08, 2013 at 03:38 AM
Here comes CA gun CONFISCATION, basically ALL semi-autos are banned, you have to turn them in or go to prison. The criminals will show up with 15 round weapons and you will have 6, and no time to re-load. It's a great day for criminals and more death for law abiding people. Isn't it great to be subjects of Democrat rule now? http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2013/02/foghorn/list-of-proposed-california-gun-control-measures-500-round-max-no-grandfathering-no-detachable-mags-mandatory-license/
Vito Spago February 08, 2013 at 03:43 AM
Richard: What also never makes the news are the crimes prevented by guns. Newspapers do not typically print stories about crimes not committed, if even they know of them. For example, in Texas it is my guess that most of the households have guns in them. Bet you do not see too many break and enters in the middle of the night while the owners are sleeping upstairs. Good way for a criminal to get killed. These are cases where guns prevented crimes from ever happening, and the gun never needed to even come out of its safe. The criminal knew that the homeowner could be armed.
Peter Bernstein February 08, 2013 at 08:28 AM
If you have tried to purchase a handgun in West Los Angeles, it is basically impossible. Their is only one store with no selection and high prices. Let alone places to learn how to fire a weapon and the training in firearm safety. If you want to experience gun control live in Los Angeles.
Jolly Roger February 08, 2013 at 09:33 AM
Well said Russell.
Elk Grove Veteran February 08, 2013 at 01:16 PM
What we need is more severe punishment for criminals. Not more restrictions for law abiding citizens. “Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” ― Benjamin Franklin
Kyle H. March 19, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Good point. Background checks are favored at about 90% from a recent poll from the New York Times. It is funny how these gun nuts broadly interpret the "infringe" part of the second amendment, ignore the fact of a well regulated militia. Regulation has a lot more to do with the second amendment than people think. Also it is funny how these conservatives who are against gun regulation with their broad interpretation of infringe but narrowly interpret equal protection under the law for gay marriage.
Kyle H. March 19, 2013 at 11:54 AM
I have no idea where this stand up to a tyrannical government (ie overthrow) thing comes into play. this logic violates article 3 section 3 known as the treason clause. also the second amendment works against individuals who try to overthrow the government with a regulated militia being used to suppress any revolt (artilce 1. sec. 8). And look at the the whiskey rebellion, george washington himself commanded militias from several different states to suppress the rebellion of a group of people who were revolting over a grain tax. We overthrow a "tyrannical" government with elections. thus is the way of the democratic process which the framers heavily believed in. we can remove tyrants through the impeachment process. Lincoln suspend many individual rights that are mentioned in the constitution during the civil war, ie he implemented martial law and suspended habeas corpus, he was called a tyrant. so the word is really a matter of opinion and rarely holds water when referring to american politics.
CulverCityNative March 20, 2013 at 01:07 AM
"even more dangerous products like bicycles" - Jeffrey Sabatini Yes, lets ban bicycles. Lets see, GUNS are designed to KILL, bicycles are designed to... You know, you could use this line of reasoning with anything. I'm sure sesame seeds kill a certain number of people by choking every year too. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't want my ability to buy a weapon taken away, its just I don't think civilians should have the "right" to buy weapons that are, or are modeled after, military weapons. If you want to use these types of weapons, join the military. The right to bear arms.... Well, an Apache helicopter has a gun on it, so I should be able to buy one of those too, right?
Greg Coppes March 20, 2013 at 04:50 AM
As of today Diane lost so called assault rifles and high capacity clips. They can't even get the 60 votes for background checks. This is in the Democrat controlled senate lol. What do you figure will happen in the Republican House. The way it's going there won't be a new gun bill.
Vito Spago March 20, 2013 at 11:20 AM
Wonderful that moron Feinstein got sent home with her tail between her legs. Exploiting Gabby Giffords and Sandy Hook victims for a personal vendetta against 2nd amendment rights failed miserably. Notice how Obama distanced himself from the gun issue by using Biden as his patsy.; A nice defeat for the Obama admin. One of many.
Barnie Grumble March 20, 2013 at 12:09 PM
Feinstein, BURRRRRRPPPP!!!
Yokozuna March 20, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Nice to see bipartisan support for this important issue.


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