What Twitter Users Really Think of President Obama’s Gun Control Laws

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By Devon Glenn 

On January 16, 2013, President Barack Obama proposed 23 executive actions to reduce gun violence in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, CT. This timeline shows the Twitter community’s response to his speech.

President Obama Says #NowIsTheTime

On January 16, 2013, President Barack Obama proposed 23 executive actions to reduce gun violence in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, CT. This timeline shows the Twitter community’s response to his speech.

Storified by Devon Glenn· Wed, Jan 16 2013 12:48:54

#NowIsTheTime to protect our children & our communities by reducing gun violence. Read the President’s plan: http://wh.gov/now-is-the-timeThe White House
"I’m calling on Congress to pass some very specific proposals right away." —President Obama on reducing gun violenceBarack Obama
"First, it’s time for Congress to require a universal background check for anyone trying to buy a gun." —President ObamaBarack Obama
I had to get a background check to volunteer in my daughters’ school. I support requiring background check for gun purchases. #NowIsTheTimeJulie
I demand a background check on President Obama!!!! Who’s with me? #tcotCoCo
"Second: Congress should restore a ban on military-style assault weapons, and a 10-round limit for magazines."Barack Obama
Here is how gun control works: 1.registration 2.confiscation 3. extermination. Look it up if you don’t believe me.Karen Doe
The assault weapons ban is catnip to politicians. It gives the appearance of doing something big even if its effects are wholly cosmetic.stimer
The 2004 Assault Weapons ban had no effect on crime rate. Each year more people are killed by hammers then by assault rifles.Ol’ Bobby Maloof
My point: proposed Assault Weapons Ban is superficial and ineffective. Until someone puts handguns on the table, it won’t be a serious talk.Joe Scannell
@JWGOP what are you talking about? An assault weapons ban will make thousands of guns illegal.pierce weber
"Finally, Congress needs to help rather than hinder law enforcement as it does its job."Barack Obama
"@BarackObama: "Finally, Congress needs to help rather than hinder law enforcement as it does its job." Amen, let the LEO’s do their job!Christen Gause
Let’s just see a #Utah Law Enforcement Officer ENFORCE what @BarackObama is #TRYING! #IMPEACH #OBAMA!Carter Wennerstrom
"We should get tougher on people who buy guns with the express purpose of turning around and selling them to criminals." —President ObamaBarack Obama
More ILLEGAL guns means more crime. Which is why I also agree with Obama pushing for tougher penalties on gun trafficking.Joe Sica
Obama said tougher gun laws for those who are going to buy guns to sell to criminals. Like the Obama Administration did w/ #FastAndFuriousNat Shupe
President Obama: "Let me be absolutely clear: like most Americans, I believe the 2nd Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms."Barack Obama
It says the right to bear arms. Not the right to bear arms with these limits and exceptions. #BringBackTheConstitutionShoemaker
The right to bear arms was put into place back when it took 5 minutes to get off one shot. Now you can slaughter a shopping center in 5 min.Brad
I think everyone complaining about excessive gun control should go exercise their right to bear arms and join the military.James Moore
"The only way we can change is if the American people demand it." —President ObamaBarack Obama
We demand it! Pls make this happen “@BarackObama: "The only way we can change is if the American people demand it." —President Obama”Robin
@WTKR3 And, King Obama, the only demand we have is that you read and obey the Constitution.Hank Steenstra
"The most important changes we can make depend on congressional action. They need to bring these proposals up for a vote."Barack Obama
Sign and retweet: Tell House Republicans to take action against gun violence! –> http://dems.me/End-Gun-Violence #EndGunViolenceLisa Crosina
At Least 6 States Will Take Action vs. Obama’s Gun Control: http://shar.es/4FH8U || Dear @BobMcDonnell I hope to see Virginia on this list.David L B
I live in California. Our gun control laws are as strict to stricter than what’s being passed. So, I’m neutral. Few fucks given.Amanda Scharber
"Along with our freedom to live our lives as we will comes an obligation to allow others to do the same." —President ObamaBarack Obama
Staggeringly clueless. MT @BarackObama "Along w our freedom to live our lives as we will comes an obligation to allow others 2 do the same."Kevin
"Along with our freedom to live our lives as we will comes an obligation to allow others to do the same." – @BarackObama #favoriteQuotesDamon
"Let’s do the right thing for them, and for this country we love so much." —President ObamaBarack Obama
There is not one day i don’t think of SH. Very proud of our President’s proposal on gun control. Hopefully this will save precious lives.Dana Fusek
I’m pretty sure my family knows where we stand on gun control. http://moby.to/z67f0pJohn Mark Little