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Obama calls for middle ground on gun control

Published: Thu, April 4, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

McClatchy Newspapers


President Barack Obama appealed to Americans to set aside “the people who take absolute positions” on gun issues and “put ourselves in the other person’s shoes,” as he appealed for compromise to revive flagging hopes for new gun-control measures.

Urban residents who fear gun crime need to listen to those in rural areas who have grown up with guns as a positive part of their lives, Obama said. But at the same time, gun owners need to “understand what it feels like for that mom whose son was randomly shot.”

“We’ve got to get past some of the rhetoric,” Obama said, that “breaks down trust and is so over the top that it just shuts down all discussion.”

Negotiations in the Senate over gun-control measures backed by Obama have stalled over expanded background checks for gun purchases. Opponents of background checks say they fear that if the law requires individuals to document the sale of most firearms, those receipts eventually could form the basis of a national system to register gun owners. Supporters repeatedly have denied that would happen.

As the talks drag on, administration officials worry that their efforts are losing momentum. Some polls that showed public support for new gun measures rising after last year’s mass shootings now have shown declines.

In an effort to give new impetus to the campaign, Obama flew here and plans to speak next week in Connecticut, where the shootings of schoolchildren and their teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School still are a painfully fresh memory.

Colorado, too, was the scene last year of a highly publicized mass shooting, in which 12 people were killed and 58 injured at a movie theater in the suburb of Aurora. In response, the state Legislature recently adopted and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed gun- control legislation similar to some of Obama’s proposals.

Speaking after he and Attorney General Eric Holder met privately with families of some of the Aurora victims, Obama held Colorado up as an example of a gun-loving state that still embraces “common sense” curbs on firearm and ammunition purchases.

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1redeye1(5542 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

This guy will say and do anything to get control of our guns. He should be impeached , since he hasn't put forth a budget in over 4 years and spends our money like its water.

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2dmacker(499 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Unfortunately the President's idea of the middle of the road compromise is "my way or the highway".
His stated agenda is and always has been gun control. He spoke of people who take absolute positions on gun issues. The president needs to play back the tapes of himself and Joe Biden about their plans for gun control since he took office and especially after the recent tragedies. Connecticut needs to look at what gun control has done for Chicago in preventing criminals from using guns to kill and maim. The President needs only to look in his own back yard to judge the merits of strict gun laws in controlling the gun criminal.

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3redeye1(5542 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

KSUgrad Just watch now how much tax money Connecticut is going to lose when ALL of the gun makers move out of Connecticut They have stated that they would move to gun friendly states such as West VA, Tennesee, Texas etc. They also have told their employees that they will help move them. Then watch as Colorado sees the same thing happen. I hope the people in both states don't mind paying higher taxes or have less services in the future. How do I know this, my son works for one such gun maker and he can't wait to move south.

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4dmacker(499 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Since you mention Connecticut, no law is a done deal until all of the challenges are heard in court. This is just another step forward for those that want the Government to feed, cloth, house us and keep those evil guns from harming us. Why provide for ourselves when the Government can do it and we know how well they have done in other areas. Fraud and abuse is out of control and both parties are responsible.
Health care is doubling in cost under the Government plan. Energy costs are doubling and more. The tax code now requires a CPA to prepare your taxes for those that actually pay taxes. Social Security is drying up for those that payed into it because it is being payed out to those that didn't pay a dime. Now we can't call those here illegally, illegal immigrants and soon we won't be able to call criminals by that term because it offends their sensibilities and their self esteem.
You are correct for now, Connecticut has the strongest law in the land. Much like the city of Chicago has one of the strongest gun laws and how has that been working for them? By the way it's the criminal misuse of firearms that is the problem, a mere transfer has never killed anyone. The illegal transfer of guns has been against Federal law since 1968. Instead of addressing the criminals who misuse guns we keep passing new laws that only affect those who abide by the law. Politicians like to quote how many background checks have prevented criminals from buying guns. However, very few of those criminals have been prosecuted for perjuring themselves on that Federal form. They simply go on and steal a gun to commit their crime. With no enforcement of existing "background check" laws why pass more of the same. It only affects the law abiding and costs them time and money to transfer a firearm even to a family member.
Will they next require background checks for those that intend to steal a gun?
The "dangerously mentally ill" have been responsible for most of the recent tragedies yet the Federal HIPPA laws prohibit identifying those people and will likely keep them out of any data base intended to prohibit them from obtaining firearms unless they have been adjudicated as such. Registering guns bothers many of us yet this state law will require the registering of some magazines. The data base has been created and adding guns could be the next step. Do you really believe the Government will simply throw away all of the personal data collected from those background checks? We need only to look to world history to see the danger of that. As a law abiding citizen I find it troubling that someone at a desk in a big city is deciding how many bullets they think I should have to protect me and my family should the need arise. Additionally, if the Brady Bill prevented the criminal misuse of firearms we wouldn't be having this discorse. I do thank you for sharing your opinion and for considering mine with respect.

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