Obama stands firm on gun control

Published: 2/5/13 @ 12:00

Associated Press


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.


Posted by chuck_carney (anonymous) on February 5, 2013 at 5:41 a.m.

The lahguauge is starting to chnage.

Exactly what are "military-style assault weapons"?

The president is now framing the issue on what the weapon looks like.