President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced what he called a “common sense measures” plan to reduce gun violence, including legislation for a universal background check and new bans on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. The president also announced 23 executive actions covering changes to education and mental health that he announced would sign immediately.
“I intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make them a reality,” Obama said. “If there’s even one thing that we can do to reduce this violence, if there’s even one life that can be saved, then we have an obligation to try. And I’m going to do my part.”
Obama also called for Congress to confirm his new nominee, Todd Jones, to be the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Obama warned that the effort to pass the new guns legislation would be difficult, but called on people across the country to join him in pressuring Congress and pundits to support the efforts.
“We have to examine ourselves and our hearts and ask ourselves what is important,” Obama said. “This will not happen unless the American people demand it.”