Obama sets deadline for gun policy

2012-12-19 22:18

Washington - US President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he is seeking concrete policy recommendations no later than January aimed at curbing US gun violence.

Obama, in formally announcing an effort to craft such solutions after Friday's shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, also called on Congress to take up the issue quickly next year.

"If there is even one thing that we can do to prevent any one of these events, we have a deep obligation - all of us - to try," he told reporters at the White House.

The effort will be led by Vice President Joe Biden and is part of Obama's call for action after the massacre of 26 people, including 20 children, at the school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Although Biden's commission is charged with coming up with specific proposals, Obama said people should not be able to get their get hands on assault weapons easily and that loopholes for gun-show sales need to be closed.

  • Raymon - 2012-12-19 22:37

    Typical populous politician! What a joke!

      justin.simpson.54584 - 2012-12-20 08:47

      I'm sorry, Raymon? Do I get you correctly?? You're implying that it is ok to gun down 20 innocent children and their teachers with an assault weapon. You are the joke!

  • Philip - 2012-12-20 04:20

    Cut down on irresponsible parenting and breeding. The killers are still going to be out there until we stop breeding children who are not medicated but disciplined.

      Delacruise01 - 2012-12-20 07:25

      Really!!? That's your answer...breeding and discipline? Irresponsible parenting yes that we can agree upon. You can buy a gun at any corner store in the USA. It is easier to buy a gun than it is to buy fireworks. There will always be idiot nutcases and irresponsible parenting out there, but lets not make it easy for them to arm themselves.

      ever.ryman - 2012-12-20 08:49

      Delacruise: Connecticut, where the guns were purchased by the shooter's mother, has some of the most stringent rules surrounding gun ownership in the USA. There are exhaustive background checks, waiting periods etc and there is no suggestion that the mother was irresponsible in her gun ownership-she knew how to handle them and had trained her children as well. You can't legislate against nutters-just get them out of the gene pool.

      Philip - 2012-12-20 17:20

      The part of gun laws in America that needs to be tightened up is for law abiding citizens who own guns of what ever type, is responsibility for securing them to keep them out of the hands of nutters.

      Philip - 2012-12-20 17:26

      Oh....and I truly believe that violent computer games makes kids (and young adults) unhinged. Ban those before assault weapons.I know a grown man that really believes there will be a zombie apocalypse. He keeps a baseball bat under his bed in event of an attack. It's a product of the games he plays on his computer instead of getting a freekin job!!

  • Frankthetank - 2012-12-20 07:31

    You can't buy a gun at any corner store in America. That's just typical uninformed idiots repeating something they heard at a braai

      Philip - 2012-12-20 17:28

      @ daan..only some Walmart's, but they will run a background check on you before you can have the gun. Handguns require 7 days.

  • chris.stuart.332 - 2012-12-20 08:06

    Good on him, no reason what so ever for the everyday Joe to have assault weapons, handguns for self-defence are fine, but not the heavy artillery you can get in USA. If you cant defend yourself and your family with a handgun, then go and get some shooting lessons

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