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Obama to Announce Proposals to Curb Gun Violence on Wednesday

Jan 15, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama will announce measures Wednesday to address gun violence in the wake of a massacre at a Connecticut elementary school last month.

Obama has considered proposals formulated by Vice President Joe Biden as part of a task force after 20 children and six adults were shot dead at a school in December.

White House spokesman Jay Carney declined to provide specifics of Obama's proposal, but stressed "the president has made clear that he intends to take a comprehensive approach."

"He has also made clear that there are specific legislative actions that he will continue to call on Congress to take, including the assault weapons ban, including a measure to ban high-capacity magazine clips, including an effort to close the very big loopholes in the background check system in our country," he said.

The shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School has unleashed a national debate on guns and whether tougher laws are needed.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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