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Obama Calls on Congress to Act on Gun Control

U.S. President Barack Obama has called on Congress to reinstate an assault weapons ban, five days after a gunman with a military-style weapon killed 20 children and six adults in the second-worst school shooting in the nation's history.

President Obama named Vice President Joe Biden to lead an effort to write a set of concrete proposals no later than January to address gun violence. He noted that a number of Americans, including police officers, have been killed by gun violence since Friday's deadly attack in Newtown, Connecticut.

He said questions remain after the school shooting.



"We may never know all the reasons why this tragedy happened. We do know that every day since more Americans have died of gun violence. We know such violence has terrible consequences for our society. And if there is even one thing that we can do to prevent any of these events, we have a deep obligation, all of us, to try."



President Obama also called for background checks for people buying weapons from private dealers.

In the northeastern state of Connecticut, family, friends and loved ones attended funerals and said final farewells to some of the children, and a 27-year-old teacher credited with saving lives by shielding students.



Classes resumed at all Newtown schools Tuesday, except Sandy Hook. Officials say plans are under way to move those classes to a school in the nearby town of Monroe, possibly in January.

Also, investigators are trying to determine a motive. Authorities believe 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother at home and then took some of her guns with him to the school.

The deadly rampage has re-ignited the gun control debate in the United States.

California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, the author of the assault weapons ban that lapsed in 2004, said she would introduce new legislation at the start of the next Congress in January.

The worst U.S. school shooting occurred in 2007, when a gunman killed 32 people at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, known widely as Virginia Tech.

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by: Derek from: NY
21.12.2012 10:20
In DC v. Heller, the US Supreme Court held that the 2nd Amend. protects an individual right to keep & bear arms of the type in common use of the day. Semi-auto AR-15s, which are NOT assault rifles, are commonly used today in shooting competitions and owned by millions of law-abiding Americans. Therefore, any ban on semi-auto rifles like the AR-15 would likely not survive constitutional challenge. Assault rifles are full-auto machine guns & banned by the 1934 National Firearms Act.

In the last 20 years, homicides caused by guns have decreased every year even as gun ownership has increased. Clearly there is no causal relationship b/t the number of guns in private hands and gun-related crimes. In fact, studies have show gun owners use guns in self-defense, often w/o firing a shot, between 300K and 1.5M times annually & that far outweighs the number of gun-related crimes each year.

Banning semi-auto rifles like the AR-15 won't prevent another Newtown tragedy. That lunatic could easily have used a shotgun & probably caused more damage. What we need to do is prevent the wrong people, like criminals & people w/ mental health probelms, from getting firearms while not infringing on the rights of law-abiding gun owners. We need to figure out why there are so many mentally disturbed people in America & what we can do about it.

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