Obama to unveil gun proposals

  • U.S. President Barack Obama is to unveil "a package of concrete proposals" to counter gun violence later today.

    Vice President Joe Biden, who was directed by Obama to head a panel tasked with creating the proposals, will join the president at the White House to announce the measures.

    "The president and the vice president will hold an event here at the White House to unveil a package of concrete proposals to reduce gun violence and prevent future tragedies like the one in Newtown, Connecticut," White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday.

    Carney added that several school children who wrote letters calling for tougher gun restrictions after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary will also appear with Obama and Biden.

    The Obama administration has acted rapidly on the issue following last month's massacre, which Obama described as the worst day of his presidency.

    However, opposition has been mounting among pro-gun groups and Americans who fear their weapons will be taken away.

    Obama’s proposal is expected to include steps for boosting school safety and mental health care as well as recommendations for dealing with violence in entertainment and video games.

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