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Obama Endorses Gun Bans As NRA Fires Against Stricter Laws

The president spoke at a midday White House news conference Monday, a month after the Newtown, Connecticut shootings.

Today President Barack Obama endorsed bans on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, as well as stricter background checks on gun buyers, but he acknowledged that getting Congress to pass legislation will be a hard road to travel.

Obama spoke at a White House news conference Monday, a month after the Newtown, Connecticut shootings.

The president is pushing for a comprehensive strategy to curb gun violence. A reform proposal is expected within days, based on recommendations from Vice President Joe Biden's gun task force.

Some Republicans have spoken out against tougher gun restrictions, as has the National Rifle Association.

On Jan. 10, officials from the National Rifle Association released a statement following a meeting with Biden and others in the nation’s capitol.

“The National Rifle Association is made up of over 4 million moms and dads, daughters and sons, who are involved in the national conversation about how to prevent a tragedy like Newtown from ever happening again. We attended today's White House meeting to discuss how to keep our children safe and were prepared to have a meaningful conversation about school safety, mental health issues, the marketing of violence to our kids and the collapse of federal prosecutions of violent criminals,” the statement read.

“We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment,” the statement continued. “While claiming that no policy proposals would be ‘prejudged,’ this Task Force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners -- honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans. It is unfortunate that this Administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation's most pressing problems. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen. Instead, we will now take our commitment and meaningful contributions to members of Congress of both parties who are interested in having an honest conversation about what works -- and what does not.”

In light of the Newtown shooting, the NRA’s president Wayne LaPierre has called for more emphasis on mental health initiatives, but his organization has stopped short of advocating for legislation that would keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.

Instead, LaPierre said in a released statement on Dec. 21 that another gun ban or law only serves to “perpetuate the dangerous notion” that Americans will be better protected.

Becky Honkington January 15, 2013 at 04:42 PM
Looking at the massacres that have occured since 2006 - out of the142 guns possessed by the killers, more than three quarters were obtained legally. Shouldn't we try to impose some limits as to who can have access to these types of weapons? Why make it easy for some nutjob to get their hands on them? I understand that if someone is intent on mass destruction they will more than likely find a way but why do we want to make it so easy for them? I am not trying to disarm America. I'm just posing the question.
Erich January 15, 2013 at 07:48 PM
Well are these the ssme people that built the bomb and can drop it ...... r put there own psychologist in positions to evaluate us .... when there r those peycholgist that have warned us of these very people ....even in war there is friendly fire yet it is exceptable ! If u ever used gun to kill innocent person u should be put away , if unstable emotionally no guns , if u can not keep guns under lock and key they should be taken away ... Ect ...of coarse this is only few issues and should be given same courtesy as we have given go government ! The government is not perfect and should not be allowed to dictate how we live even if there are those who can't muster up brain power to take care of themselves ;-/
Erich January 15, 2013 at 08:09 PM
The sad point is take the guns ok ( hypothetically speaking ) look at china mad man went on killing spree with knife ... then there r bomes .... u can poision the water ( which we r doing d selves ) the killing and takeing the loved ones from us is it ! No matter what we want to blame we are born then we die .... and it hurts when when someone close to us passes on cause of someone choose do be dumb ...there is no difference from one life or 1000 but they r very emotional ... It will not bring back the little ones are anyone we love we need to be smart now ! here some Kidd u never head of jumped by 4 guys almost killed took money they got away ... Where is this young persons justice ? If he would have... better yet if guns r allowed to all citizens anyone take something unlawfully from another will have serious conceqinces ! Afther all that is why we help other nations yes .... Peace all ! I hope we America wakes up
joyce Jones January 27, 2013 at 04:27 PM
gun toting teachers up against someone with a 30 round clip sounds a bit lopsided are we also going to train teachers to be hostage negotiaters what if this person decides to grab a child then what I like everyone else want our children safe however what sounds good in theory is not a good idea in reality teachers have enough stress and responsibility for those few hours our children are in their care without giving them this one also I'm sure we can come up with a better solution without imposing on our right to bare arms or as the president of nra in a sense said giving more guns to the good guys the "cow is out of the barn" and you close the door reopen,regroup and rethink this one Joyce
Arthur Spooner January 27, 2013 at 04:50 PM
All this talk about gun control has only increased gun ownership. The same when everyone wanted to Ban Chik-fil-A. Their sales skyrocketed.

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