Obama urges Americans to keep up pressure for tighter gun control

WASHINGTON Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:05pm EST

U.S. President Barack Obama takes questions from members of the media in the White House Briefing Room December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama takes questions from members of the media in the White House Briefing Room December 19, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama urged Americans on Friday to keep up the pressure on lawmakers to tighten gun regulations as a result of the mass shooting of 26 people in Newtown, Connecticut, a week ago.

Obama issued a videotaped response to the several hundred thousand people who have signed a petition posted on the White House website calling for toughened gun laws in response to the shooting, in which 20 school children and six adults were killed at a Newtown school.

"I need your help," Obama said in the video. "If we're going to succeed, it's going to take a sustained effort from mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, law enforcement and responsible gun owners, organizing, speaking up, calling their members of Congress as many times as it takes, standing up and saying 'Enough' on behalf of all our kids."

Obama has called for Congress to approve a ban on the sale in the United States of military-style assault weapons, a ban on the sale of high-capacity ammunition clips, and to ensure everyone gets a background check before they buy a gun, even if the purchase takes place at an open-air gun show currently exempt from such requirements.

For years Americans have been reluctant to impose greater restrictions on gun purchases, but the Newtown shooting has changed many minds and Obama is seeking to take advantage of the shift in attitude.

He has directed Vice President Joe Biden and a team of Cabinet officials to offer concrete proposals by next month on how to tighten gun laws and improve Americans' access to mental healthcare, strengthen school safety and address a culture that glorifies guns and violence.

Obama said he would push for these proposals early next year.

"You've started something and now I ask you to keep at it," he said.

(Editing by Philip Barbara)

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Comments (40)
richinnc wrote:
Congress and the rest of government need to think about the budget and their spending and how they fund it first. We cannot let them continue to destroy our future. Think about how our economy is today, compared to the past, it needs to improve. The economy is our life blood, and we know what happens without blood. While many in government want control over us, they need keep the balance that our Constitution provides.

Dec 21, 2012 7:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
idonthinkso wrote:
Criminals refrain from committing crime mostly because of the fear of getting caught and punished, or the risk to themselves. In other words if you have the choice to break into an empty house or a house with a 120 pound raging pit bull you’ll choose the empty house.

Here are tsome stats for Kennesaw Georgia where every head of household must own a gun. Compare that to Detroit or DC which have very anti-gun laws.

“The city violent crime rate for Kennesaw in 2010 was lower than the national violent crime rate average by 85.16% and the city property crime rate in Kennesaw was lower than the national property crime rate average by 46.46%.

In 2010 the city violent crime rate in Kennesaw was lower than the violent crime rate in Georgia by 85.15% and the city property crime rate in Kennesaw was lower than the property crime rate in Georgia by 56.74%.”

Dec 21, 2012 7:07am EST  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:
I suspected a government (or a group in the US) was behind these shootings. I thought maybe some kind of brainwashing (possibly using video games) or drugs. Now, not only do I know who is causing these mass shootings, I know why.
China’s official news agency came out yesterday with an article that said it is time for Americans to have their guns taken. What a coincidence.
12/20/2012 “Communist Chinese Government Calls For Americans to be Disarmed”
Add that to the massive buildup and expansion of the Chinese military, aircraft carriers, stealth aircraft, troop ships, transport planes, nuclear submarines, Chinese in South America, and you don’t have to be a genius to see who is behind the killings. The Chinese are also funding anti gun groups.
The only thing that holds back China is the 100,000,000 Americans with guns, take those away, and our little army could never stand up to China’s three million man army. One of China’s known plans is to invade South America by putting huge numbers of troops hidden on ships with shipping containers, using the Panama canal they now control, (the Chinese military know has a huge port in the Bahamas) and move up into the US from the South. The US has intercepted large numbers of Chinese ships in US ports with automatic weapons, ammunition, military equipment, explosives, and grenades. Our government said they were to be sold to gangs. (??????. There are also reports of large numbers of Chinese in Mexico, some coming across the border illegally. Top Chinese generals have openly stated they plan to conquer America.
And remember, the Chinese are in bed with the wealthy in America and Wall Street, and those people control our Congress.
“Germany ivade Europe? That’s crazy talk! Japan attack the US? That’s crazy talk! Iraq invade Kuwait? That’s crazy talk.”
So I guess I am crazy this time like others were in the past.

Dec 21, 2012 7:45am EST  --  Report as abuse
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