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The President's gun control measures were welcomed by the families of Sandy Hook victims today.
But Obama's attempts to ban assault weapons will trigger a long political fight and a race to stock up on the the type of arms he is trying to outlaw.
Video report by Washington correspondent Robert Moore.
Responding to President Obama's gun control proposals, the National Rifle Association of America said:
President Obama called on the American people to demand that their politicians support his gun control proposals:
The third strand of Obama's gun control proposals involves encouraging Congress to help law enforcement "do its job."
President Obama called for a ban on military-style assault weapons and a ten-round limit on magazines.
"Weapons designed for war have no place in a movie theatre," said Obama.
President Obama announced proposals to enforce universal background checks on gun ownership.
President Obama's proposals to reduce gun violence include the following strands:
- Strengthening background checks on gun owners
- Developing emergency procedures in schools
- Advancing the knowledge of mental health issues that could lead to gun violence
President Obama is to call for a $500 million (£312 million) programme to curb gun violence following the Newtown shooting, according to the Associated Press.
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There were 26 victims in Newtown - as the US tries to get to grips with gun legislation since, 900 Americans died in gun-related violence.
For the first time since the Sandy Hook massacre Ian and Nicole Hockley have spoken of their gorgeous little boy.