Obama says will continue gun control push without Congress

WASHINGTON Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:36pm EST

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington January 28, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he would continue to work to reduce violence in the United States despite a lack of support in Congress for gun control measures he failed to get passed last year.

"I have seen the courage of parents, students, pastors, and police officers all over this country who say 'we are not afraid,' and I intend to keep trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters, shopping malls, or schools," Obama said, according to the text of his State of the Union address.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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Comments (17)
wildcat48 wrote:
going to get rid of guns that kill people, but going to promote abortion clinics…55 million.

Jan 28, 2014 10:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlabasterFrig wrote:
@wildcat – …what?

Jan 28, 2014 11:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ARJTurgot2 wrote:
This concerns me. He started out saying he was going to get insurance for the uninsurable, and ended canceling the insurance for the middle class and giving birth control pills to nuns.

Last time he attempted gun control he tried to eliminate high capacity magazines, which are involved in 0.4% (that’s correct, Zero Point Four Percent) of multiple killings, but ignored handguns which are involved in 47% of multiple killings, and then moved on to deciding to disarm the mentally ill or at least force them to register, probably leading some to not now seek help. His VP recommended people get shotguns, which is exactly what the kid used in the latest school shooting in Colorado, but we won’t explore that here.

Lately, he decided to raise the minimum wage for Federal Contractors, who rarely employ minimum wage workers, but restricted it to only NEW Federal contracts, thus impacting maybe a couple dozen kids on some environmental cleanup project in a park, who will now probably not get summer jobs.

My guess, based on history, is that he is now going to outlaw pencil boxes in schools that accept Federal money, and create a subsidy for something like the teachers’ union.

Really, I think Woody Allen already did some of his agenda in ‘Bananas’.

Jan 29, 2014 12:52am EST  --  Report as abuse
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