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Obama Taking 23 Actions Aimed at Gun Violence

  • Religion Today
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  • 2013 Jan 17
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President Barack Obama is taking 23 executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence that don't require congressional action, including measures to encourage schools to hire police officers, increase research on gun violence and improve efforts to prosecute gun crime, reports. The executive actions, which come a month after the massacre in Newtown, Conn., are part of an overarching package assembled by a task force led by Vice President Joe Biden. "This is our first task as a society, keeping our children safe," said Obama, flanked by children who wrote him letters about gun violence in the weeks after the Newtown shooting. "This is how we will be judged." Several pro-life leaders took Obama to task following the press conference, including Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League, who said: "I want to believe the president is sincere in his concern with children, but he's completely turning a blind eye to children in the womb. He was an opponent of laws that would require physicians to provide basic care to children who survive botched abortions. So even children born alive from an abortion procedure and who survive don't deserve to be cared for, according to Barack Obama." A complete list of Obama's executive actions on guns can be found here.