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Obama makes biggest gun-control push in decades

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JASON REED

U.S. President Barack Obama, flanked by 8-year old letter writer Hinna Zeejah (L), 10-year old letter writer Taejah Goode (3rd L), 11-year old letter writer Julia Stokes and 8-year old letter writer Grant Fritz (R, signs executive orders on gun violence during an event at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

U.S. President Barack Obama, flanked by 8-year old letter writer Hinna Zeejah (L), 10-year old letter writer Taejah Goode (3rd L), 11-year old letter writer Julia Stokes and 8-year old letter writer Grant Fritz (R, signs executive orders on gun violence during an event at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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SHANNON STAPLETON

A display of 7-round .45 caliber handguns are seen at Coliseum Gun Traders Ltd. in Uniondale, New York January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A display of 7-round .45 caliber handguns are seen at Coliseum Gun Traders Ltd. in Uniondale, New York January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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U.S. President Barack Obama unveils a series of proposals to counter gun violence during an event at the White House in Washington January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama unveils a series of proposals to counter gun violence during an event at the White House in Washington January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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A sign is seen on top of ammunition at Coliseum Gun Traders Ltd. in Uniondale, New York January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A sign is seen on top of ammunition at Coliseum Gun Traders Ltd. in Uniondale, New York January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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LARRY DOWNING

Virginia Tech shooting survivor Colin Goddard attends a White House event during which U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled a series of gun violence proposals at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Virginia Tech shooting survivor Colin Goddard attends a White House event during which U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled a series of gun violence proposals at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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JASON REED

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) high fives children who wrote him letters about guns and gun control before sitting down to sign executive orders on a series of proposals to counter gun violence during an event at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries as...more

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) high fives children who wrote him letters about guns and gun control before sitting down to sign executive orders on a series of proposals to counter gun violence during an event at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries as requested by the president after the December 14 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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JASON REED

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) hugs a young boy named Grant Fritz -- one of a group of children who wrote the president letters about guns and gun control -- after signing executive orders on a series of proposals to counter gun violence during an event at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the...more

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) hugs a young boy named Grant Fritz -- one of a group of children who wrote the president letters about guns and gun control -- after signing executive orders on a series of proposals to counter gun violence during an event at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries as requested by the president after the December 14 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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ERIC THAYER

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick addresses the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in this September 4, 2012, file photo. Patrick introduced a new series of gun laws on January 16, 2013, that would tighten rules on sales of weapons and ammunition, in the wake of last month's deadly school shooting in neighboring Connecticut. REUTERS/Eric Thayer/Files

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick addresses the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in this September 4, 2012, file photo. Patrick introduced a new series of gun laws on January 16, 2013, that would tighten rules on sales of weapons and ammunition, in the wake of last month's deadly school shooting in neighboring Connecticut. REUTERS/Eric Thayer/Files
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JASON REED

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Vice President Joe Biden unveil a series of proposals to counter gun violence during an event at the White House in Washington January 16, 2013. Seated at right, are children and the families of children who wrote to the president following the December 14, 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed. REUTERS/Jason Reed

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Vice President Joe Biden unveil a series of proposals to counter gun violence during an event at the White House in Washington January 16, 2013. Seated at right, are children and the families of children who wrote to the president following the December 14, 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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LARRY DOWNING

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) unveils a series of proposals to counter gun violence as Vice President Joe Biden looks on during an event at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries as requested by the president after the December 14 school shooting in...more

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) unveils a series of proposals to counter gun violence as Vice President Joe Biden looks on during an event at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries as requested by the president after the December 14 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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BRIAN BLANCO

Gun shop customers shop for weapons as they listen to live streaming video of an announcement about gun control by U.S. President Barack Obama at the Bullet Hole gun shop in Sarasota, Florida January 16, 2013. Obama proposed a new assault weapons ban and mandatory background checks for all gun buyers on Wednesday in a bid to channel national outrage over the Newtown school massacre into the biggest U.S. gun-control push in...more

Gun shop customers shop for weapons as they listen to live streaming video of an announcement about gun control by U.S. President Barack Obama at the Bullet Hole gun shop in Sarasota, Florida January 16, 2013. Obama proposed a new assault weapons ban and mandatory background checks for all gun buyers on Wednesday in a bid to channel national outrage over the Newtown school massacre into the biggest U.S. gun-control push in generations. REUTERS/Brian Blanco
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JASON REED

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) unveils a series of proposals to counter gun violence as Vice President Joe Biden looks on during an event at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries as requested by the president after the December 14 school shooting in...more

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) unveils a series of proposals to counter gun violence as Vice President Joe Biden looks on during an event at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries as requested by the president after the December 14 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) unveils a series of proposals to counter gun violence as Vice President Joe Biden looks on during an event at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries as requested by the president after the December 14 school shooting in...more

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) unveils a series of proposals to counter gun violence as Vice President Joe Biden looks on during an event at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries as requested by the president after the December 14 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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JASON REED

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) unveils a series of proposals to counter gun violence as Vice President Joe Biden looks on during an event at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries as requested by the president after the December 14 school shooting in...more

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) unveils a series of proposals to counter gun violence as Vice President Joe Biden looks on during an event at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries as requested by the president after the December 14 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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LARRY DOWNING

White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett talks with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (R) as they wait with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano (L) before U.S. President Barack Obama unveils a series of proposals to counter gun violence during an event at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with...more

White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett talks with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (R) as they wait with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano (L) before U.S. President Barack Obama unveils a series of proposals to counter gun violence during an event at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries as requested by the president after the December 14 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) unveils a series of proposals to counter gun violence as Vice President Joe Biden looks on during an event at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries as requested by the president after the December 14 school shooting in...more

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) unveils a series of proposals to counter gun violence as Vice President Joe Biden looks on during an event at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries as requested by the president after the December 14 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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Gun shop customer Dale Crosby leans in to listen to live streaming video of an announcement about gun control by U.S. President Barack Obama at the Bullet Hole gun shop in Sarasota, Florida January 16, 2013. Obama proposed a new assault weapons ban and mandatory background checks for all gun buyers on Wednesday in a bid to channel national outrage over the Newtown school massacre into the biggest U.S. gun-control push in...more

Gun shop customer Dale Crosby leans in to listen to live streaming video of an announcement about gun control by U.S. President Barack Obama at the Bullet Hole gun shop in Sarasota, Florida January 16, 2013. Obama proposed a new assault weapons ban and mandatory background checks for all gun buyers on Wednesday in a bid to channel national outrage over the Newtown school massacre into the biggest U.S. gun-control push in generations. REUTERS/Brian Blanco
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LARRY DOWNING

Television commentator and anchor Rev Al Sharpton (L) talks with U.S. Attorney Eric Holder before U.S. President Barack Obama unveils a series of proposals to counter gun violence during an event at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries as requested by the...more

Television commentator and anchor Rev Al Sharpton (L) talks with U.S. Attorney Eric Holder before U.S. President Barack Obama unveils a series of proposals to counter gun violence during an event at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries as requested by the president after the December 14 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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JASON REED

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) greets Vice President Joe Biden prior to unveiling a series of proposals to counter gun violence during an event at the White House in Washington January 16, 2013. Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries as requested by the president after the December 14 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut,...more

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) greets Vice President Joe Biden prior to unveiling a series of proposals to counter gun violence during an event at the White House in Washington January 16, 2013. Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries as requested by the president after the December 14 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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KEVIN LAMARQUE

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Vice President Joe Biden unveil a series of proposals to counter gun violence during an event at the White House in Washington January 16, 2013. Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries as requested by the president after the December 14 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20...more

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Vice President Joe Biden unveil a series of proposals to counter gun violence during an event at the White House in Washington January 16, 2013. Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries as requested by the president after the December 14 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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BRIAN BLANCO

Gun shop owner Brooke Misantone (R) shows his last two AR-15 style rifles to a group of customers as gun enthusiasts start to crowd into the Bullet Hole gun shop before an expected gun control announcement by U.S. President Barack Obama in Sarasota, Florida January 16, 2013. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and other members of Obama's cabinet have held a series of meetings with officials in the weapons and entertainment industry as...more

Gun shop owner Brooke Misantone (R) shows his last two AR-15 style rifles to a group of customers as gun enthusiasts start to crowd into the Bullet Hole gun shop before an expected gun control announcement by U.S. President Barack Obama in Sarasota, Florida January 16, 2013. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and other members of Obama's cabinet have held a series of meetings with officials in the weapons and entertainment industry as part of a task force requested by the president after the December 14 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed. REUTERS/Brian Blanco
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BRIAN BLANCO

Customers look over the last two AR-15 style rifles for sale inside the Bullet Hole gun shop, as gun enthusiasts start to crowd into the shop before an expected gun control announcement by U.S. President Barack Obama, in Sarasota, Florida January 16, 2013. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and other members of Obama's cabinet have held a series of meetings with officials in the weapons and entertainment industry as part of a task force...more

Customers look over the last two AR-15 style rifles for sale inside the Bullet Hole gun shop, as gun enthusiasts start to crowd into the shop before an expected gun control announcement by U.S. President Barack Obama, in Sarasota, Florida January 16, 2013. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and other members of Obama's cabinet have held a series of meetings with officials in the weapons and entertainment industry as part of a task force requested by the president after the December 14 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed. REUTERS/Brian Blanco
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KEVIN LAMARQUE

Vice President Joe Biden (R) speaks at a news conference before U.S. President Barack Obama unveils a series of proposals to counter gun violence during an event at the White House in Washington January 16, 2013. Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries as requested by the president after the December 14 school shooting in...more

Vice President Joe Biden (R) speaks at a news conference before U.S. President Barack Obama unveils a series of proposals to counter gun violence during an event at the White House in Washington January 16, 2013. Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries as requested by the president after the December 14 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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JASON REED

Vice President Joe Biden (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama arrive together for statement as Obama unveils a series of proposals to counter gun violence during an event at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries as requested by the president after the December 14 school...more

Vice President Joe Biden (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama arrive together for statement as Obama unveils a series of proposals to counter gun violence during an event at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. Biden delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries as requested by the president after the December 14 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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JASON REED

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Vice President Joe Biden arrive to unveil a series of proposals to counter gun violence during an event at the White House in Washington January 16, 2013. Seated at right, are children and the families of children who wrote to the president following the December 14, 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed. REUTERS/Jason Reed

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Vice President Joe Biden arrive to unveil a series of proposals to counter gun violence during an event at the White House in Washington January 16, 2013. Seated at right, are children and the families of children who wrote to the president following the December 14, 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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BRIAN BLANCO

Gun shop customer Dale Crosby leans in to listen to live streaming video of an announcement about gun control by U.S. President Barack Obama at the Bullet Hole gun shop in Sarasota, Florida January 16, 2013. Obama proposed a new assault weapons ban and mandatory background checks for all gun buyers on Wednesday in a bid to channel national outrage over the Newtown school massacre into the biggest U.S. gun-control push in...more

Gun shop customer Dale Crosby leans in to listen to live streaming video of an announcement about gun control by U.S. President Barack Obama at the Bullet Hole gun shop in Sarasota, Florida January 16, 2013. Obama proposed a new assault weapons ban and mandatory background checks for all gun buyers on Wednesday in a bid to channel national outrage over the Newtown school massacre into the biggest U.S. gun-control push in generations. REUTERS/Brian Blanco
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