Obama's Gun Violence Plan Includes Action on Campus Response Plans

Obama's Gun Violence Plan Includes Action on Campus Response Plans

January 17, 2013

On Wednesday, President Obama introduced a sweeping effort to reduce gun violence, outlining 23 separate executive orders and calling on Congress to adopt stricter laws, reports The New York Times. The proposals, sparked by the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre, were announced a day after a pair of shootings occurred on campuses in Missouri and Kentucky.

According to the Times, the 23 issued orders are modest initiatives to toughen enforcement of existing laws and to encourage federal agencies and state governments to share more information.

One executive action ordered by the president calls for the creation of "model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship, and institutions of higher education."

Obama also directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to "research the causes and prevention of gun violence." U.S. House Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) announced their introduction of legislation to codify that order by lifting restrictions barring the CDC and the National Institutes of Health from conducting research on gun violence.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan issued his support of the president's effort, arguing that the proposals would "make schools and communities safer." He added that a number of "common-sense steps" could help prevent future violence, such as providing new resources to assist schools in the development and implementation of comprehensive emergency plans.


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President Obama's Proposal to Reduce Gun Violence


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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan's Statement


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