(THE HILL) President Obama on Thursday moved quickly to rally support for his proposals on reducing gun violence with an op-ed urging lawmakers to “act soon” on his recommendations.

In the op-ed for the Connecticut Post, published Thursday, which draws from the president’s remarks at a Wednesday event unveiling his gun-violence-reduction package, Obama touted the 23 executive actions he signed into law. Those measures include efforts to improve existing background checks and gun safety, and even encourage doctors to ask patients about guns in their homes.

“But as important as these steps are, making a real and lasting difference also requires Congress to act, and act soon,” Obama wrote.

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