The proposals, amongst other things, banning assault weapons have already been attacked by NRA
U.S. President, Barack Obama, has unveiled sweeping gun control measures to check rising gun violence that has shocked the country recently.
The gun lobby, the National Rifle Association, NRA, said the measures put Mr. Obama up as an “elitist hypocrite” for allowing armed secret service to protect his two daughters while refusing to put more armed security in U.S. schools.
“Are the president’s kids more important than yours?” an ad released by the group asks. “Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school?”
The White House called the ad “repugnant and cowardly”.
In the proposals released Wednesday, Mr. Obama called for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and wider background checks on gun buyers.
Mr. Obama unveiled the new measures at the White House, flanked by children who wrote him letters after last year’s deadly school shooting that left 26 people dead in Newtown, Connecticut.
Part of the proposals will need the approval of the Congress, expected to meet stiff opposition, while others will be passed by executive fiat.
The proposals is to ban military-style assault weapons, impose limits on ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, and introduce background checks on all gun sales; currently private sales and some sales at gun shows are exempt.
It will also ban possession and sale of armour-piercing bullets, introduce new gun-trafficking laws and approve the appointment of the head of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Mr. Obama is to also sign a directive to authorize government agencies to conduct research into gun crime.
“This is our first task as a society: keeping our children safe. This is how we will be judged,” Mr. Obama said. “We can’t put this off any longer.”
He acknowledged having the measures approved by the Congress will be tough.
“This will be difficult,” he said. “I intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make them a reality. If there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try.”
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