1. Time for Action

    Obama Proposes Gun-Control Plan

    US Vice President Joe Biden speaks on proposals to reduce gun violence as President Barack Obama looks on on January 16, 2013 in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House in Washington, DC. Obama is expected to sign 23 executive actions to curb gun violence. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Obama and Biden propose gun violence reduction measures. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty)

    President Obama on Wednesday put forward a plan to reduce gun-control violence that included a universal background check, banning military-style weapons, improving mental-health services, and allowing schools the opportunity to hire up to 1,000 school resource officers and counselors. “This is our first task as a society—keeping our children safe,” Obama said at a press conference attended by some of children who wrote him letters after the Newtown school massacre. “This is how we will be safe.” Acknowledging “this will be difficult,” Obama said he will “put everything I have into this.” Vice President Joe Biden, who headed up the task force that met with 229 special-interest groups, said the country has a “moral obligation” to act on gun violence at this time.

    Will allow for more school-safety officers.

    'President Obama said his proposals protect, not destroy, constitutional rights.'

    Read it at The New York Times