Strengthen gun control laws: Barack Obama tells Congress
Obama's open appeal to the US Congress came days after he signed some 23 executive orders for stricter gun control. Obama said while the Constitution guarantees individual right to bear arms and the vast majority of gun owners act responsibly, it is imperative to ensure that people who should not be allowed to own weapons are not able to acquire them.
"My administration is taking a series of actions right away ¿ from strengthening our background check system, to helping schools hire more resource officers if they want them, to directing the Centers for Disease Control to study the best ways to reduce gun violence," he in his weekly radio and web address to the nation.
"But the truth is, making a real and lasting difference also requires Congress to act and act soon," Obama said.
The US in recent times has witnessed a series of tragic incidents of gun owners turning their weapons on innocent people. The latest one came last month when a lone attacker went on a shooting spree at a Connecticut school killing 20 kids and six adults.
As the nation mourned the loss of lives of children as young as five years old, the episode triggered a fresh debate on the need to strengthen gun ownership laws in
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