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White House Says Gun-Control Initiative Close to Completion

| by Amanda Schallert

Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that Congressional action is the most important step that should be taken to increase gun control, even though President Barack Obama is close to finishing a new gun control initiative, according to USA Today.

Biden’s speech came hours after the White House released a report that claimed the administration has completed about 21 of the 23 executive actions he spoke about mid-January. The actions include improving the current background check system and the ability of federal law enforcement agencies to trace guns in investigations and allowing the government to research the roots of gun violence.

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About six months ago, the gun control debate flared up after a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Americans generally support the passing of legislation that would increase the intensity of background checks on people buying guns, according to the New York Times.

But Congress failed to pass new gun legislation two months ago, and the majority of Americans believe new gun legislation is unlikely to pass this year, according to the New York Times.

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Biden said he and Obama will continue to fight for new gun control legislation. 

Democrats in Congress have also recently restarted the push for more expansive and effective laws through talks with Republican members of Congress, but the differences in each side’s ultimate goals might prove too stark for a compromise to be reached. 

Opponents of gun control have said that Obama’s proposed executive actions are unjust and will not bring about substantial change.

Sources: USA Today, New York Times