The Straits Times
Published on Jan 17, 2013

Obama unveils sweeping plan to curb gun violence


WASHINGTON - United States President Barack Obama on Wednesday proposed the most sweeping set of gun control measures in decades, setting up a bitter confrontation with gun lobbyists and US lawmakers over one of the most contentious issues dividing American society.

The President made the announcement two days after receiving recommendations from an anti-gun violence working group that was assembled following the Dec 14 Newtown school shooting in which a gunman killed 20 children and six adults.

Mr Obama, who gave gun control issues a wide berth in his first term, appealed to ordinary Americans to back his proposals and to put pressure on US legislators to take action to curb further gun violence.

"I will put everything I got into this…but the only way we can change is if the American people demand it," Mr Obama said during a press conference at the White House.