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President Obama Preparing to Receive Gun Policy Recommendations

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Handguns are on display at B & J Guns in Colonie, New York, June 26, 2008.  The Supreme Court ruled that Americans have a constitutional right to keep guns in their homes for self-defense, the justices' first major pronouncement on gun control in U.S. his
Handguns are on display at B & J Guns in Colonie, New York, June 26, 2008. The Supreme Court ruled that Americans have a constitutional right to keep guns in their homes for self-defense, the justices' first major pronouncement on gun control in U.S. his

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Almost a month has passed since a gunman killed twenty children and six adults at a school in Newtown, Connecticut.  The shooter was found to have many weapons.
                                            
After the killings, President Obama ordered Vice President Joe Biden to lead a task force on how to reduce gun violence. Mr. Biden and his group are likely to present their ideas to the president by next Tuesday. 
The task force includes representatives of hunting organizations, support groups for victims of gun violence, filmmakers and other members of the media. It also includes law enforcement officials, religious leaders and medical experts. 
              
Vice President Biden says their ideas might include more complete investigations of those seeking to buy guns. He says the proposals may include a ban on ammunition clips that carry many bullets. He is appealing for compromise.
 
“There has got to be some common ground here, to not solve every problem, but diminish the probability that what we have seen in these mass shootings will occur, and diminish the probability that our children are at risk in their schools.”
 
The vice president met strong opposition this week in talks with a representative of the National Rifle Association, the NRA. The group opposes efforts to strengthen gun laws. It also is critical of steps it says would violate the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. The Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear, or possess, arms.
 
David Keene is president of the NRA. He says it is clear that the Obama administration has already decided its positions on firearms. He said the NRA is preparing to energize its members for a fight.  
 
President Obama is expected to seek congressional action on the Biden group’s proposals. He also may approve executive orders designed to reduce gun violence.
 
American lawmakers may not act any time soon on gun-control proposals. Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell warned recently that gun legislation may have to wait until after Congress acts on spending and debt concerns.
                                                                                  
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is among those who want Congress to act. She suffered severe injuries in a deadly shooting two years ago in Arizona. She and her husband launched a new effort this week. They hope to fight the influence of the NRA and other gun rights supporters in Congress. 
                                                    
Another activist for gun control says he believes Mr. Obama will soon make recommendations on the issue. Dan Gross is president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. He told VOA he believes the president will offer detailed proposals in his State of the Union message to Congress.
 
“I expect to hear specifics and that is based on conversations we have been having [with the White House]. You know, the inauguration is probably too soon. But the State of the Union, based on appropriately urgent timing of this task force, we would expect to hear specifics.”  
                                            
President Obama is expected to announce new policies on gun violence shortly after he begins his second term.
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by: Marcelo from: Brasil
01/17/2013 12:10 PM
I think there should be a mental test or selection to those who want to buy a "self defense gun" limited to a revolver .38 caliber.
Why do they have to acquire a gun powerful than this? It is not for a self protection, do not you agree?


by: marcus souza from: brazil
01/17/2013 9:25 AM
What will be necessary for the Americans to avoid this kind of insanity? Maybe if a politician's child is dead, a law will be created.


by: Anonymous
01/16/2013 3:46 PM
Guns do not kill people, people kill people!!!

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by: Anonymous
01/17/2013 3:09 PM
I agree with u

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by: mohamed from: yemen
01/17/2013 9:21 AM
you are right brother guns do not kill the people but the people use them however i would like to encourage the task force to diminish against gunmen who are using guns illegally because these are most of them addicted that means they don't know what are they doing and also the member states and personnel anti drugs should control and reduce the the drugs which are spread throughout the USA...


by: Domingos from: France
01/15/2013 10:52 AM
When weapons are in a constitution, it's bad...if every body with some cash can buy a weapon it's normal to see things like a gunman who kill 26 persons in school... i think weapons would be given only to military, policemen and hunters with good laws to contain all murder. the police have no authority and credibility if every body have a gun, especially when a guy have an assault rifle....!


by: Francisco Antonio Pichard from: dominican republic
01/14/2013 9:46 PM
I THINK THAT ONE OF THE BEST WAY TO REDUCE KILLING BY SHOOTING IS TAKING OUT ALL THOSE GUN OF FIRE WEAPON OF THE COMMUNITIES, WHICH ARE OWNED BY PEOPLE THAT HAS NOT BUSSINESS TO CARE IN OTHER TO REDUCE TENTATION AND BAD WISH...


by: BIJU.P.Y. from: SOUTH INDIA
01/14/2013 5:18 PM
Finally Mr.Obama's administration has taken bold steps to pluck down the misuse of guns. Me think, weapons, in the hands of misguided men is a disaster. And children playing with guns should be viewed seriously and elders and the authorities should take special care to keep children from handling such dangerous weapons. According to a think tank,as far as children are considered, every care should be taken by the parents not to give their children toys that looks or acts like guns! To put it brief, the possiblity of children dream of using such weapons should be nipped in the bud. I think the Biden task force will arrive at a logical conclusion. Thank you.


by: chuchia
01/13/2013 3:32 PM
American congress should legislate a new weapon law to reduce the abuse of gun.

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by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
01/15/2013 1:03 PM
I completely agree with you. American law makeres should legistlate some restrictions on gun possetions by citizens. I think guns should not be possesed exceptionally by police and soldiers in modern democratic society. I wish American people be couragious enough to believe in others withouit weapons. I am sure if Obama succeed in abandonning guns, he would be honored the same as Lincoln.


by: Hiroki from: Chiba,Japan
01/13/2013 10:12 AM
It's good that various representatives are involved in the task force.Through seeing a series of actions Obama have taken I can expect the government is about to enthusiastically change policies on gun control.Though understanding US is based on the notion of self-defense I hope US will succeed in diminishing the risk of gun.


by: Dr thierno ba from: DAKAR SENEGAL
01/13/2013 8:29 AM
hi thanks a lot steve ember 4 this new topic


by: Hideyoshi Toyotomi from: Naniwa, JPN
01/12/2013 12:29 PM
Guns are weapons.
You use guns only to kill people.
I would like to ask everyone who possess guns,
"Do you want to kill people?"
If your answer is NO, you will understand what to do.

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