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President Obama unveiled his plans to tackle gun control in the wake of several tragedies. Part of the Administration’s plans include research into the link between violence and the media.
Among the presidential orders Obama signed, he told the Centers for Disease Control to look at what causes gun violence. According to Deadline, he also told Congress to “fund research into the effects that violent video games have on young minds.”
During the press conference, Obama noted, “We don’t benefit from ignorance. We don’t benefit from not knowing the science of this epidemic of violence.”
The New York Times reports that the sweeping new legislation Obama hopes to see put in place includes a ban on assault weapons and more background checks before anyone purchases a gun, as well as stricter gun trafficking regulations. Obama also said that he will use his executive powers to better enforce gun laws that are already on the books.
“In the days ahead, I intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make them a reality,” Obama said. “If there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try.”
Later, he added, “This is our first task as a society...Keeping our children safe. This is how we will be judged. And their voices should compel us to change.”
According to CNN, Obama signed a total of 23 executive orders that also include new safety programs in schools.