15 hot-button issues President Obama will face or may try to tackle in his second term

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 22 2013 10:01 a.m. MST

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In the wake of the Sandy Hook Connecticut school shooting, the president issued 23 executive actions on issues such as helping young people get mental health treatment, giving funding to communities to hire school resources officers and counselors, and conducting research into the causes and prevention of gun violence. Obama also asked Congress to:

- Require background checks on all gun sales
- Reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004
- Renew a 10-round limit on the size of ammunition magazines
- Prohibit the possession, transfer, manufacture and import of armor-piercing bullets
- Confirm Todd Jones as the director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive
- Penalize people who help criminals get guns

"Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia, to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm," Obama said in his inaugural address.

Although Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lists the "Sandy Hook Elementary School Violence Reduction Act" as one of the Senate's top priorities, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wy., said he doesn't expect Reid to bring the gun control bills to a vote.

"He has six Democrats up for election in two years in states where the president received fewer than 42 percent of the vote, and he doesn't want his Democrats to have to choose between their own constituents and the president's positions," Barrasso told CNN's Candy Crowley.

>> From left to right: Hinna Zeejah, 8, Taejah Goode, 10, Julia Stokes, 11, and Grant Fritz, 8, who wrote letters to President Barack Obama about the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., watch as Obama signs executive orders outlining proposals to reduce gun violence, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington.
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Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

I don't really see an issue with Obama and this list.

Obama got majority of the Latino vote with the Dream Act. Something his Republican counter parts refuse to talk about.

Obama secured the LGBT vote by ending DADT and being the first President against DOMA and to publicly support Monogamy for gay Americans.

Obama continues to get the Black vote due to supporting Affirmative action and education for minorities.

Obama decimated Mitt Romney on foreign policy, being the sitting President when the war in Iraq ended, having an exit date for Afghanistan and giving the order to get Osama Bin Laden.

Domestic issues have only been created by the Republican Party. Taxes, the Budget and gun control have been fabricated by Republican Obstruction and the constant gun deaths in America fuel the need for checks at gun shows.

No, I'd say Obama will be just fine.

And the more votes Obama got for his 2nd term, support that.

SS
MiddleofNowhere, Utah

You're right. Obama will do just fine because he will handout a laundry list of promises, which people will believe entirely, and not accomplish a single one, just like the last four years.

rvalens2
Burley, ID

Sorry SS, I have to report a factual error in your statement.

President Obama did accomplish one major promise, it was ObamaCare and like it or hate it, you got to give him his due on that one.

ute alumni
paradise, UT

Pagaette
You're right more takers than makers want obama to continue down this path of destruction.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Obama got millions less votes this time around, and less than 51% of the total this time. There was no mandate in this election. Yet, he believes he is King.

Maurice McBride
Roanoke, VA

It would appear that he is going to make LBJ look like a right-wing conservative.

SS
MiddleofNowhere, Utah

@ Rvalens2,
Ya got me. My bad! Still, just proof that the things he does promise are worthless.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Lol.

Obama got 'less' votes than last time, so that is an indicator that Obama 'lost'?

Who was sworn into Presidential office in 2008 and again in 2012?

Talk is cheap.

And all I am seeing on this story is nothing but personal attacks.

So sad.

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