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By Nicole Collins, FOX News

WASHINGTON -- President Obama is ready to announce his plan to crack down on gun violence in the wake of the Newton massacre, but there's a debate raging over how far the government should go.

Gun rights advocates are bracing for the worst as the President gets set to release his control proposals Wednesday morning.

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will propose universal background checks and urge Congress to pass a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition clips holding more than 10 bullets following last month's deadly shooting in Connecticut.

"They will be joined by children from around the country who wrote the president letters in the wake of that tragedy expressing their concerns about gun violence and school safety, along with their parents," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

The decision to include children in the White House event has enraged the President's critics.

In a recent National Rifle Association web ad, "Are the President's kids more important than yours?" the NRA calls the President a hypocrite.

"Then why is he skeptical about putting armed guards in schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school?"

The President and Vice-President's efforts are also likely to include more than a dozen executive orders, which would allow the President to circumvent Congress -- bypassing opposition from gun rights supporters.

"There are some steps that we can take that don't require legislation and that are within my authority as President."

Republican Congressman Steve Stockman of Texas is threatening to try to impeach the President if he feels the Second Amendment is violated.

"We're going to use every tool possible to fight an administration which wants to abrogate the Constitution," he said.

A ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazine clips will require Congressional approval.  A new Associated Press poll shows more than 60 percent of Americans support such measures.

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