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The Morning Briefing: Gun control

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"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about weapon control and regulations.

1.) NRA promises 'fight of the century' over Obama's bold gun control plan. Barack Obama mounted the biggest challenge in two decades to America's deeply ingrained gun culture on Wednesday, announcing a sweeping set of proposals to ban automatic weapons, limit magazines to 10 bullets, introduce universal background checks for all firearms buyers and increase scrutiny of mental health patients.

2.) 37,000 sign petition against NY gun-control law. Thousands of gun rights advocates signed a petition against New York's new firearms restrictions Wednesday as opponents of the new rules said they expect legal challenges to the tightest-in-the-nation rules signed into law a day earlier.

3.) Don't call it 'Gun control'. Language in politics can be a powerful thing, shaping perceptions and framing the terms of debate. When President Obama and Vice President Biden announced the administration's new gun proposals Wednesday, they didn't use the words "gun control" a single time. Instead, they spoke over and over about "gun violence," "reducing gun violence," and "gun-violence legislation."

4.) Even If enacted, Obama's gun control proposals won't stop mass shootings. President Obama signed executive actions to limit guns and prevent future tragedies Wednesday, saying that there are "concrete steps we can take right now ... to help reduce mass shootings."
Unfortunately they may have only a marginal effect on preventing another mass shooting.

5.) This gun control fight is different because it is being led by parents. Almost from the moment the gunshots exploded though school hallways last month, we have been wondering if this was the one, the tipping point, the last straw that would finally bring change.

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Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure