President Barack Obama on Wednesday rolled out a sweeping plan to enact gun-control proposals aimed at reducing the amount of gun violence in the United States.
The chances of Congress passing such a broad set of proposals, including a renewal of the expired assault weapons ban, remains unknown. Republicans and some Democrats have balked at new gun-control laws. And the National Rifle Association remains staunchly opposed, to say the least.
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While Obama acknowledged new laws may not stop every future shooting, such as the one in Newtown, Conn., that spurred him to act, he said, "If there is even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there is even one life that can be saved, then it is our duty to try."
Here is a rundown of Obama's plan, by the numbers.
23 -- The number of executive actions President Obama said he would sign today. They include nominating a permanent director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); making more data available for the federal background check system; directing federal agencies to conduct scientific research on the causes of gun violence; directing schools to develop safety plans and enhancing efforts to prosecute gun crimes.
5 -- Main areas where President Obama is asking Congress to pass legislation. They include: requiring background checks for all gun sales; reinstating a ban on high-capacity magazines; re-authorizing and beefing up the expired 1994 assault weapons ban; strengthening penalties for those who sell guns to criminals; and confirming his nominee for ATF director.
10 -- The maximum limit on rounds in magazines that would be permitted should Congress pass a high-capacity magazine ban.
36,000 -- The number of "firearm-related homicides and suicides" per year in the United States, according to the White House.
26 -- The number of children and adults killed in the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting.
$4.45 billion -- The amount the White House is asking Congress to spend on efforts to improve mental health, law enforcement, school security and the federal background check system.
Here's where the $4.45 billion will go:
--- $4 billion "to help communities keep 15,000 cops on the street."
--- $150 million for "school districts and law enforcement agencies to hire 1,000 additional school resource officers, school psychologists, social workers, and counselors" to enhance school safety.
--- $50 million to train over 5,000 mental health professionals who work with youth.
--- $50 million to help 8,000 more schools train staff implement plans to create "more nurturing school climates."
--- $40 million to help school districts cooperate with outside organizations on mental health referrals.
--- $30 million in one-time grants to states to help their school districts develop and implement emergency management plans."
--- $25 million to develop "innovative state-based strategies supporting young people ages 16 to 25 with mental health or substance abuse issues."
--- $25 million to "offer students mental health services for trauma or anxiety, conflict resolution programs, and other school-based violence prevention strategies."