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December 10th, 2013
08:14 PM ET

Has Obama kept his promise on guns since Newtown?

Has the White House done enough to deliver on its promise to fight for measures to prevent future Sandy Hooks?

Nearly one year since the devastating Newtown massacre, Vice President Joe Biden met with families who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.

He pledged $100 million in funding for a mental health initiative as one way to stem gun violence.

It's part of litany of promises the president has made over the past year.

President Barack Obama: "In the coming weeks, I will use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens – from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators – in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this." (December 16, 2012)

Vice President Joe Biden: "The recommendations we provided to the president on Monday call for executive actions he could sign, legislation he could call for, and long-term research that should be undertaken." (January 16, 2013)

President Barack Obama: "We need everybody to remember how we felt 100 days ago and make sure that what we said at that time wasn't just a bunch of platitudes, that we meant it." (March 28, 2013)

But has the Obama administration really done enough to fulfill all these promises?

OutFront: Paul Helmke, the former president of the Brady campaign to prevent gun violence and Michael Skolnik is the editor-in-chief of Global Grind.com


Filed under: Gun Control • News • Newtown
December 10th, 2013
01:03 PM ET

Ron Paul: Rand 'probably will' run in 2016

(CNN) – Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul indicated Monday that his son, Sen. Rand Paul from Kentucky, will likely run for president in 2016.

"I think he probably will. I mean, he's been on TV hinting that he very well might," Paul, a former congressman from Texas, said of his son's presidential aspirations to CNN's Jake Tapper appearing on "Erin Burnett OutFront."

A junior senator and tea party favorite, Rand Paul has said that he hasn’t decided on a possible run.

Is Paul running for president? Ask his wife

Paul, also a doctor whose bids in 2008 and 2012 for the GOP nomination were fueled largely by a strong Libertarian backing, said his son would ultimately make up his own mind but said he jokes that he should be careful what he wishes for.

"I kiddingly say that advice I give him (is) he better be very careful; (if) he's doing well, he might get elected, and that's a great burden and a major responsibility," Paul said, adding that he thinks Rand Paul is "handling himself quite well."

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