Newtown families invited for White House gun control event

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Associated Press

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 8:00 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Families of the victims of last month's shooting attack at a Connecticut elementary school have been invited to the White House today to see President Barack Obama outline an effort aimed at reducing gun violence.

Obama's ideas include bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines -- but he would need congressional approval for that. He's also taking steps on his own, including efforts to boost availability of mental health services.

He may also order the Justice Department to crack down on people who lie on gun-sale background checks.

In advance of today's event, the National Rifle Association has released an online video calling Obama an "elitist hypocrite" for having armed secret Service agents protect his daughters at school while not committing to installing armed guards in all schools.

There's a new Associated Press-GfK poll that indicates nearly six in 10 Americans want stricter gun laws in the aftermath of the shootings in Connecticut. Majorities of those surveyed favor a nationwide bank on military-style, rapid-fire weapons, and limits on gun violence depicted in video games, movies and TV shows.

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021-c-17-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)-"ever happen again"-AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports Obama plans an announcement with a powerful visual message. (16 Jan 2013)

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020-c-22-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)-"gun law enforcement"-AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports the president will appeal to Congress to act, but announce plans to act on his own where he can. (16 Jan 2013)

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029-c-15-(Jennifer Agiesta (ah-JEH'-stah), director of polling, the Associated Press)-"and non-gun owners"-AP polling director Jennifer Agiesta says the poll finds Americans are concerned about violent video games. (16 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO PAKS102: In this photo made with a fisheye lens on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, five used military style rifles are all that is available in the rack that usually has over twenty new models for sale at Duke's Sport Shop in New Castle, Pa. Store manager Mike Fiota says the few there are on consignment from individuals. President Barack Obama is expected to announce measures Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, on a broad effort to reduce gun violence that will include proposed bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines as well as more than a dozen executive orders aimed at circumventing congressional opposition to stricter gun control. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) (15 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO PAKS101: In this photo made with a fisheye lens, customers line up at the gun counter at Duke's Sport Shop on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in New Castle, Pa. President Barack Obama is expected to announce measures Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, on a broad effort to reduce gun violence that will include proposed bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines as well as more than a dozen executive orders aimed at circumventing congressional opposition to stricter gun control. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) (15 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO NY109: FILE - In a Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 file photo, a sign is posted for an upcoming gun show, in Leesport, Pa. Nearly six in 10 Americans want stricter gun laws in the aftermath of last month's deadly school shooting in Connecticut, with majorities favoring a nationwide ban on military-style, rapid-fire weapons and limits on gun violence depicted in video games and movies and on TV, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. A lopsided 84 percent of adults would like to see the establishment of a federal standard for background checks for people buying guns at gun shows, the poll showed. President Barack Obama was set Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 to unveil a wide-ranging package of steps for reducing gun violence expected to include a proposed ban on assault weapons, limits on the capacity of ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun sales. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (4 Jan 2013)

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