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Obama vows to put his ‘full weight’ behind gun-control measures in 2013

Published: Sun, December 30, 2012 @ 12:33 p.m.

Obama vows to put his ‘full weight’ behind gun-control measures in 2013

Associated Press


Recalling the shooting rampage that killed 20 first graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Barack Obama today pledged to put his “full weight” behind legislation aimed at preventing gun violence.

In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Obama voiced skepticism about the National Rifle Association’s proposal to put armed guards in schools following the Dec. 14 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Instead, the president vowed to rally the American people around an agenda to limit gun violence, adding that he still supports increased background checks and bans on assault weapons and high capacity bullet magazines. He left no doubt it will be one of his top priorities next year.

“It is not enough for us to say, ‘This is too hard so we’re not going to try,’” Obama said.

“I think there are a vast majority of responsible gun owners out there who recognize that we can’t have a situation in which somebody with severe psychological problems is able to get the kind of high capacity weapons that this individual in Newtown obtained and gun down our kids,” he added. “And, yes, it’s going to be hard.”

The president added that he’s ready to meet with Republicans and Democrats, anyone with a stake in the issue.

The schoolhouse shootings, coming as families prepared for the holidays, have elevated the issue of gun violence to the forefront of public attention. Six adult staff members were also killed at the elementary school. Shooter Adam Lanza committed suicide, apparently as police closed in. Earlier, he had killed his mother at the home they shared.


1Pyroc(111 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Very Profound

We protect our Mayors with men with guns; we protect our Governors with men with guns;
We protect the House and the Senate and President, with men with guns;
We protect our courts, our banks, our jewelry stores, our sports arenas, and our pawn shops,
all with men with guns.
However, Our most precious possessions, our children we protect with a piece of paper
and a sign (Guns Free Zone Law).
Now in response to the slaughter of 20 innocents, we propose to punish those (gun owners) who are innocent,
and protect our most cherished possession, our children, with a another piece of paper (a new gun law).

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2DwightK(1250 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

See, the issue isn't whether to ban guns or not. The argument is to ban high capacity magazines and block access to guns for people who shouldn't have them. Remember, "well regulated" is part of the language in the 2nd amendment.

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3papa1(646 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

why are people acting like obama is going to ban all types of guns? hunters can hunt, target shooters can shoot, people can have weapons to protect their homes. as for all the second amendment nuts, give them each a musket and tell them to shut up.

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4AnotherAverageCitizen(1174 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Anytime gun control is mentioned, all i here from PRO gun people is "They want to take my guns away". That is not what gun control is. But that is what the NRA preaches for "scare tactics" to keep its members against OBAMA.

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5Wethepeople(2 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

The second amendment was put in place so that individual citizens could protect themselves from a tyrannical government. The premise was that we had just defeated England (aka a tyrannical government). It is not in place for hunting and sportsmanship and it is not in place for a government run National Guard. None of that even makes sense to someone who has the ability to think. The first thing any government does when trying to disarm it's citizens is to start with what is considered extreme weapons. Gun owners know they need high capacity magzines because the potential enemy has high capacity magazines. Why can't people see that laws will not stop a person who is willing to commit a crime from committing the crime? It is just as easy to kill 20 plus children with fertilizer and diesel fuel. How many children and innocents died in the Oklahoma City Bombing? Just a reminder, Hitlers first act as leader of his country was to disarm the masses and communist countries do not allow its citizens to own guns. Think People!!!!

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