President Obama Will Be Surrounded By ChildrenToday

917604-6-20130116040017President Obama gesturing as he answers questions from members of the media during a news conference earlier this week. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Children to Join Obama for Gun Control Announcement

President to set out sweeping moves to cut gun violence

By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff

When President Obama announces a sweeping gun control agenda today, he’ll be joined by schoolchildren who wrote him letters after the Sandy Hook school shooting, reports the Washington Post. In a press conference scheduled for 11:45am Eastern, Obama is expected to set out proposals including a ban on assault weapons, a reduction in the size of ammunition magazines, and closure of the gun show background check loophole, all of which would require approval from Congress, the Guardian reports.

The president also plans to introduce a federal gun trafficking law long called for by big-city mayors, reports Politico. Joe Biden has outlined 19 other executive actions the administration could take to reduce gun violence, including expanding a federal database to track gun sales. But reducing gun violence “cannot be done by a president alone,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters yesterday. “It can’t be done by a single community alone or a mayor or a governor or by Congress alone. We all have to work together.”

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