President Barack Obama declared Monday on his first trip outside Washington to promote gun control that a consensus is emerging for universal background checks for purchasers, though he conceded a tough road lay ahead to pass an assault-weapons ban over formidable opposition in Congress.
“We should restore the ban on military-style assault weapons and a 10-round limit for magazines,” Obama said in a brief speech, standing firm on his full package on gun-control measures despite long odds.
Such a ban “deserves a vote in Congress because weapons of war have no place on our streets or in our schools or threatening our law-enforcement officers.”
The president spoke from a special police operations center in a city once known to some as “Murderapolis” but where gun violence has dropped amid a push to address it from city leaders.
Officers stood behind him, dressed in crisp uniforms of blue, white and brown.
The site conveyed Obama’s message that a reduction in violence can be achieved nationally, even if Americans have sharp disagreements over gun control.
That includes among members of his own party in Washington.