Will Obama's Plan Affect Urban Gun Violence?

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With family members of some of the children who died in the Newtown, Conn., shooting in the audience, President Obama on Tuesday unveiled his second-term plans (pdf) to implement new gun-control measures. Among the proposals mentioned: strengthening background checks to ensure that the 40 percent of gun purchasers who evade background checks will no longer be able to do so, and requiring a 10-round limit for firearm magazines, thus limiting the number of bullets that can be expelled quickly.

The president also announced that he will work with Congress to reintroduce the assault weapons ban, but emphasized that starting immediately, he would use his authority to order 23 executive actions to combat gun violence, which, according to the Washington Post, include "steps to strengthen the existing background-check system, promote research on gun violence and provide training in dealing with 'active shooter situations.' "

The president said he'd direct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct more research on gun violence, and would ensure that federal data collection related to guns and gun violence is streamlined. To many, such measures, while important, hardly sound monumental, but a White House official told The Root that having good data, while perhaps not as compelling as some of the congressional measures on the table, is an essential "tool" in the quest to end gun violence.

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