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A time for US gun-control

2013-01-16 16:29

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A time for US gun-control

Obama makes biggest gun-control push in decades

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled a sweeping and expansive package of gun violence reduction proposals, a month after the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting that killed 26 people including 20 schoolchildren.

"In the month since 20 precious children and six brave adults were violently taken from us at Sandy Hook Elementary, more than 900 of our fellow Americans have reportedly died at the end of a gun -- 900 in the past month," said Obama at a White House event.

He was joined by gun-control advocates and children from around the country who wrote him letters in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre to express concerns over gun violence and school safety.

In the presence of an applauding crowd, the president signed 23 executive actions, which enable the White House to act immediately without congressional action. The measures include helping schools to hire police officers and increasing research on gun violence. more

A time for US gun-control
A time for US gun-control

Biden butts heads with the NRA

US Vice-President Joe Biden butted heads with the powerful National Rifle Association on in his drive to reduce US gun violence, drawing complaints from the lobby group that the White House is trying to limit gun rights. more

White House considers far broader approach to gun control: report

The White House is weighing a far broader approach to curbing US gun violence than just reinstating a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. more

NY State enacts toughest gun control bill

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed into law one of the nation's toughest gun-control measures and the first to be enacted since the mass shooting last month at an elementary school in neighboring Connecticut. more














A time for US gun-control



A time for US gun-control
A time for US gun-control

Major school shootings in US since 1999

- April 2, 2012: In the state of California, a man killed seven people and wounded three others at Oikos University in Oakland.

- Feb 14, 2008: In the state of Illinois, a gunman broke into Northern Illinois University and opened fire randomly at more than 160 students and teachers, killing six people and wounding more than 10 others before shooting himself dead.

- April 16, 2007: In Virginia, a 23-year-old student from South Korea went on a shooting spree at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, killing 32 people and wounding 15 others before killing himself. It was the deadliest campus shooting in US history.

- Oct 2, 2006: In the state of Pennsylvania, a gunman killed five girl students at an Amish school before killing himself.

- March 21, 2005: In the state of Minnesota, a 16-year-old student shot dead five students, a security guard and a teacher at Red Lake High School before killing himself during a shootout with police. more

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A time for US gun-control




Could shooting be a tipping point in gun-control debate?

The question surfaces each time a mass murder unfolds: Will this one change the political calculus in Washington, capital of the United States, against tougher gun control?

The answer, after the Virginia Tech killings, the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, the Colorado movie-theater attack, the Wisconsin Sikh temple shootings, and more: No.

But now? The massacre in Newtown, Connecticut - which took the lives of 20 children and six adults at the school, the gunman's mother at home, and the gunman himself - stands as a possible tipping point in Washington's decade-long aversion to even talking about stricter gun laws. more

A time for US gun-control

Americans want their guns, with some restrictions

Nearly seven in 10 Americans support the idea of placing strong or moderate limits gun ownership following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said on Thursday.

But laws that permit citizens to carry concealed weapons or use lethal force for protection while in public were just as popular, the poll said.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll, which surveyed 1,477 Americans online between Dec 23 and 27, highlighted the difficulty US policymakers face in devising ways to curb gun violence: gun control laws enjoy fervent support in the abstract, but laws preserving specific gun ownership privileges are also well liked.more











A time for US gun-control