President Barack Obama signed 23 new executive orders on Wednesday giving tools to those he believes can help curb gun violence in the country.
He highlighted four of them during a news conference:
He also called on Congress to pass three specific proposals:
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President Obama was joined on stage by four children from around the country who had written letters to him after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. He says they were representatives of the many messages he’s received in the last month.
One child said she’s not really scared for her own safety but the safety of others, like her siblings. Another wrote: “I think there should be some changes. We should learn what happened at Sandy Hook. I feel really bad.”
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“This is our first task as a society: Keeping our children safe,” said Obama. “This is how we will be judged. And their voices should compel us to change.”
He promised to do his part and challenged Congress and the American people to do the same:
“I will put everything I’ve got into this and so will [Vice President] Joe [Biden]. but I tell you, the only way we can change is if the American people demand it.”
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