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Obama wants proposal to reduce gun violence by January


Five days after the tragedy in Newtown, the president of the United States is urging something be done to prevent this from happening again.

President Barack Obama is forming a special task force to be led by the vice president to propose new laws on gun control.

Right after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others were gunned down in Arizona, Connecticut lawmakers proposed a bill that would limit how many bullets could be fired at one time, but it never even came up for a vote.

The horrible tragedy in Newtown has reignited the gun control debate here in Connecticut and nationally.

Adam Lanza had two pistols and a military-style rifle when he entered Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday morning, and in just a matter of minutes, he fired multiple rounds, killing 20 children and six adults. Before the school shooting, he shot his mother four times.

"We may never know all the reasons, but we do know that more Americans are dying from gun violence," Obama said.

The president said the time to act is now and he reiterated the words he said on Sunday at a vigil in Newtown. 

The 90-minute vigil was held inside the Newtown High School auditorium in front of about 1,500 people and featured prayers, readings and speeches by religious leaders and local leaders, as well as Obama.

"We can not accept this as routine," Obama said.

Members of his cabinet are looking at reinstating a ban on assault weapons and restricting large magazine clips as well as tougher background checks.

The massacre in Newtown and so many other recent acts of violence have convinced many that more gun control is needed.

"We cannot let this continue," said Anthony Pignaro, who supports gun control.

However, some responsible gun owners feel they are under attack.

"I don't think it will have an effect," said Dave Price, who owns a gun range in Danbury, in a statement Wednesday. "You can pass all the laws you want, but it won't stop crimes or people with mental illness."

Even the president agrees that one law won't prevent every tragedy, but he said if we can save even one life, we are obligated to do something.

Lawmakers in Connecticut are certain that gun control will once again be debated.

"We want to do it in a civil and educational way for ourselves and the public," said Rep. Larry Cafero, R-Minority Leader.

Connecticut elected leaders held a special moment of silence for the victims in the Newtown tragedy.

The president wants people to be heard and he's encouraging people to contact their elected leaders. For ways to contact, Connecticut legislators, click the following link.

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