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President Obama’s plan to reduce gun violence

Today, President Obama and Vice President Biden announced their plan to reduce gun violence in America and keep our kids and communities safe. After senseless mass shootings in Connecticut and Colorado, we can't wait to act.

Today, President Obama and Vice President Biden announced their plan to reduce gun violence in America and keep our kids and communities safe. After senseless mass shootings in Connecticut and Colorado, we can't wait to act.

That's why the President's plan includes 23 executive actions that the administration will take immediately—actions such as strengthening the background check system and supporting mental health professionals. President Obama also called on Congress to pass specific, common-sense proposals right away. Taken together, this plan would close background-check loopholes that keep guns out of dangerous hands, ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, make schools safer, and increase access to mental health services.

"While there is no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence completely, no piece of legislation that will prevent every tragedy, every act of evil," President Obama said in his remarks, "if there is even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there is even one life that can be saved, then we've got an obligation to try."

Find out more about the President's plan at whitehouse.gov.