Obama tells Americans to keep pushing for strict gun control

Reuters | Dec 21, 2012

By Steve Holland

obamaWASHINGTON (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.

2 responses to “Obama tells Americans to keep pushing for strict gun control

  1. I am all for gun control, as long as it doesn’t take away our RIGHT to own guns to protect our families, ourselves, and our property. However, I feel that if we are not VERY careful, these tragedies will be used to disarm ALL AMERICANS and that would be unconstitutional!!!! I believe that ANYONE who owns a firearm should be responsible for keeping it out of the hands of those who would use that weapon for criminal activity, especially mentally disturbed people who hurt and kill innocent people. Make the law stronger by imposing harsher penalties for those that don’t take the necessary steps to lock up their weapons. On the other hand, there are exceptions to that theory as well. For example, in cases of domestic abuse, a woman will get a gun for a man who is abusing her if she is being beaten and threatened, especially if her children are being threatened. There must be gray areas there, it isn’t always black and white, right or wrong. Sometimes, it’s a matter of fear, trying to keep yourself and your loved ones safe, etc…… There are many issues regarding ownership of firearms that need to be considered, and appropriate boundaries put into place. Rich people, no matter how wealthy they are, should be bound to the same laws as EVERY citizen and not allowed to own illegal firearms just because they have money and think they are ABOVE the law, in my opinion, NO ONE is above the law, though many times I have seen wrong doing in that department. Favoritism is given to certain individuals for whatever reasons, that happens even where I live and it sickens me. My greatest concern is that this incident will be used to disarm people that are not “privileged”, rather they are good people or not. I am all for gun control and stricter laws and guidelines as long as it’s fair and as long as it doesn’t take away another constitutional right of the American people. I do often wonder why this had to be the incident that sparked this sudden “realization” of a need to tighten the laws on firearms !!! Why wasn’t this considered, or rather done before incidents like this and the one in Aurora, at the theater playing “Rise of the Dark Knight”, when there have been so many different school tragedies as well as other tragedies long before now?? If it was tougher restrictions were already put into place when they should have been, think of all of the lives that could possibly have been saved. So unnecessary and tragic that it has taken this long!!!!!

  2. “these tragedies will be used to disarm ALL AMERICANS and that would be [fill in the blank]”

    Cui Bono??

    9/11 was a pysop to justify war, globalism and the restriction on all our rights and human dignity. The Patriot Act was all ready to roll out and no one was given time to read it before being pressed to pass it on through. This massive deception and murder is what the government (run by a cabal of amoral elites with a long-term Plan ie “NWO”) is capable of, so it should not be doubted that the government with it’s unlimited resources and evil intent could not come up with a variety of continuous and unprecedented psychological “shocks” to deliver the final blow to our inalienable right to arm ourselves against all enemies, foreign or domestic, criminal, psychopaths etc.

    These operations will continue into the future to serve as further justification for the incremental illegalization of guns and other weapons which are used by the vast majority merely as insurance against attack, to provide personal security. Banning guns will never eliminate guns. It will only leave them in the hands of lowlife criminals, gang-bangers, psychopaths and the government which has proven itself over and over to be absolutely corrupt deserving neither trust nor obedience. The latest school attack serves a similar purpose to 9/11 when anyone who questioned the government was judged to be unpatriotic. Similarly now, anyone who does not favor gun-control and restriction of the right to bear arms will be tagged as a monster who hates the little children. A scenario that puts the government and its latest presidential selectee in a position of coercive power.

    Finally bear in mind that the US government has murdered more children in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq than all the murderers in US history. (that’s to say nothing about Viet Nam etc on and on).

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