Obama’s Push on Gun Violence Includes Action on Colleges’ Response Plans

President Obama on Wednesday introduced a sweeping effort to curb gun violence, calling on Congress to enact stricter laws and taking 23 separate executive actions that intend to help stop the mass shootings that have recently disrupted life in communities across the country. Mr. Obama made the announcement at the White House a day after a pair of shootings occurred on campuses in Missouri and Kentucky.

Among the 23 executive actions taken by the president, which do not require the endorsement of lawmakers to take effect, is one that calls for the creation of “model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship, and institutions of higher education.”

Another one directs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to “research the causes and prevention of gun violence.” A pair of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, Carolyn B. Maloney of New York and Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, announced that they had introduced legislation to codify that order by lifting restrictions barring the CDC and the National Institutes of Health from conducting research on gun violence.

In a written statement, the education secretary, Arne Duncan, praised the president’s effort, saying that his approach would “make schools and communities safer.” He added that a number of “common-sense steps” could help prevent future violence, such as helping schools and colleges devise the emergency-management plans called for by the president.

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