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Obama: ‘Determined’ on gun control



Published: Tue, April 9, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn.

With time running out on the chance to pass gun- control legislation, President Barack Obama on Monday warned Congress not to use delaying tactics against tighter regulations and told families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims that he’s “determined as ever” to honor their children with tougher laws.

Obama’s gun-control proposals have run into resistance on Capitol Hill, leaving their fate in doubt. Efforts by Senate Democrats to reach compromise with Republicans over expanding required federal background checks have yet to yield an agreement, and conservatives were promising to try blocking the Senate from even beginning debate on gun-control legislation.

“The day Newtown happened was the toughest day of my presidency,” Obama said. “But I’ve got to tell you, if we don’t respond to this, that’ll be a tough day for me, too.”

Some of the Sandy Hook families are making an attempt to push through the bill. Obama met with them privately before his speech at the University of Hartford on Monday evening, then brought 12 family members back to Air Force One for the trip back to Washington. The relatives want to meet with senators who have yet to back the legislation to encourage their support in memory of their loved ones.

“Nothing’s going to be more important in making sure that the Congress moves forward this week than hearing from them,” Obama said. His eyes teared as he described Nicole Hockley, who lost her 6-year-old son, Dylan, recounting how she asks him every night to come to her in her dreams so she can see him again.

“If there’s even one thing we can do to prevent a father from having to bury his child, isn’t that worth fighting for?” Obama asked.

Obama’s speech was interrupted repeatedly by standing ovations from the packed gymnasium. At one point, the room erupted with chants of “We want a vote!”

Audience members, many wearing green ribbons in support of the victims, were stomping their feet on the bleachers and clapping their hands in unison with the chant.


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1dmacker(225 comments)posted 1 year ago

"With time running out on the chance to pass gun- control legislation, President Barack Obama on Monday warned Congress not to use delaying tactics against tighter regulations" according to AP.
So much for the President's compromise on gun control and his unbiased pannel to study the problem of the criminal misuse of guns.
His true colors are shinning through as is his anti-gun bias.
We have not heard one word about his big money backers in Hollywood and their violent films and video games.
Not one word on addressing the shameful lack of programs identifying and treating the dangerously mentally ill.
And not one word addressing those committing crimes with guns.
Handguns not rifles are the weapon of choice by big city gang bangers and drug dealers and they don't buy their guns they steal them.
His every proposal is directed at denying law abiding citizens their right to choose whatever firearm they want for whatever lawful purpose.
It's the 1994 gun ban all over again and it didn't work then and won't work now.
As tragic as the recent shootings are it's sad that Obama chose to use Air Force One to fly victim family members from New Town to Washington, to parade photos of their deceased loved ones in an attempt to bolster his anti-gun campaign. The grief over the loss of a loved one should not be pandered in support of Obama's anti-gun politics.

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2KSUgrad(144 comments)posted 1 year ago

An expert on crime gun patterns, ATF agent Jay Wachtel says that most guns used in crimes are not stolen out of private gun owners' homes and cars. "Stolen guns account for only about 10% to 15% of guns used in crimes,"
One of the most common ways criminals get guns is through straw purchase sales. A straw purchase occurs when someone who may not legally acquire a firearm, or who wants to do so anonymously, has a companion buy it on their behalf, according to the ATF Crime Gun Tracing unit.
The next biggest source of illegal gun transactions where criminals get guns are sales made by legally licensed but corrupt at-home and commercial gun dealers. Several recent reports back up Wachtel's own studies about this, and make the case that illegal activity by FFLs, is a huge source of crime guns and greatly surpasses the sale of guns stolenfrom citizens.
In a recent ATF report, there is a significant diversion to the illegal gun market from FFLs. The report states that "of the 120,370 crime guns that were traced to purchases from the FFLs then in business, 27.7 % of these firearms were seized by law enforcement in connection with a crime within two years of the original sale

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