WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Obama will unveil a package of proposals to try to curb gun violence, but the National Rifle Association has vowed to fight any restrictions and is taking its message to the airwaves.
When the president announces his gun control proposals he won't be alone. Standing behind him will be children who wrote letters to him during the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
According to an official familiar with the process, the proposals will include:
- Universal background checks
- A ban on assault weapons
- A ban on high capacity magazines with more than ten rounds.
We're also told the president will request funds to help treat mental illness and provide schools with support to enhance their safety. The president will also push for other steps that could include executive actions on his part that don't require congressional approval.
Pro gun groups like the national rifle association are ready for a fight. The NRA released a television ad accusing the president of hypocrisy.
The ad states "...are the president's kids more important than yours? Then why is he skeptical about putting armed guards in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school."
The NRA is referring to the president's daughters' Secret Service protection (As well as the 11 armed security guards at his daughters' school
Since the gun debate began, the NRA says it has seen a spike in membership with approximately 250,000 more members.