In a historic attempt to end mass gun violence, President Obama announced a package of gun control proposals Wednesday.
There are 23 executive actions which include four key subsections aimed at more law enforcement, limiting the availability of dangerous firearms and ammunition, and increasing school safety and mental health programs.
Rogers attorney Asa Hutchinson was recently announced the NRA’s National Director for school safety. He said he hopes congress looks in to the $4 billion dollar proposal that will help keep 15,000 cops across the country
“My concern is that it’s not going to get to the schools but it will be bottle-necked in community policing in various parts of our urban environment,” Hutchinson said.
Wednesday’s action follows the Dec. 14 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six adults were killed.
“This is our first task as a society, keeping our children safe, this is how we will be judged,” said President Obama.
President Obama said more than 900 Americans have lost their lives to a gun just in the past month.
“If there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try. And I’m going to do my part,” he said.
President Obama’s proposal also bans assault weapons and limits magazines to no more than 10 rounds each.
“The type of assault rifle used in Aurora for example, when paired with high capacity magazines has one purpose, to pump out as many bullets as possible as quickly as possible to do as much damage,” the president said.
U.S. Congressman Steve Womack responded the actions on gun control.
“As President Obama said today, there is no set of laws – nor a piece of legislation – that will prevent every tragedy. Limiting Second Amendment rights for law-abiding citizens is not the appropriate reaction to senseless acts of violence. Congress – rather than the President through Executive Orders – should instead look for ways to protect the people that are in keeping with our constitutional rights.”