President Barack Obama demanded an assault weapons ban and universal background checks for gun buyers as part of sweeping gun control measures in response to the Newtown school massacre.
US President Barack Obama signs executive actions to curb gun violence as Vice President Joe Biden (L) and invited guests look on January 16, 2013 in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC. Obama Wednesday signed 23 executive actions to curb gun violence and demanded Congress pass an assault weapons ban, saying America cannot put off gun control measures "any longer."
"We can't put this off any longer. I will put everything I've got into this," Obama said, daring Congress not to defy public outrage and block his plans and setting the stage for a generational fight with the US gun lobby.
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