Obama vows anti-gun action in US
WASHINGTON - Agence France-Presse
Barack Obama asks for help in the fight to prevent mass shootings. EPA PhotoU.S. President Barack Obama on Dec. 21 vowed to take action to stop gun violence in response to online petitions signed by more than 400,000 people after last week’s elementary school massacre.
“In the days since the heartbreaking tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, hundreds of thousands of you, from all 50 states, signed petitions asking us to take serious steps to address the epidemic of gun violence in this country,” Obama said in an online video. “We hear you.”
Obama has called on Congress to pass legislation banning military-style assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition clips. It would also close loopholes that allow people to purchase guns without background checks.
He has also appointed Vice President Joe Biden to head a task force to explore ways to prevent mass shootings, including by improving access to mental health care, and addressing depictions of violence in popular culture.
“I will do everything in my power as president to advance these efforts, because if there’s even one thing we can do as a country to protect our children, we have a responsibility to try,” Obama said in the video. “But as I said earlier this week I can’t do it alone. I need your help.”