Washington – Obama Wants Gun Violence Measures Passed In 2013

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(AP Graphic)Washington – Recalling the shooting rampage that killed 20 first graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Barack Obama pledged to put his “full weight” behind legislation aimed at preventing gun violence.

Obama voiced skepticism about the National Rifle Association’s proposal to put armed guards in schools following the Dec. 14 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The president made his comments Saturday in an interview that aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Instead, the president vowed to rally the American people around an agenda to limit gun violence, adding that he still supports increased background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity bullet magazines. He left no doubt it will be one of his top priorities next year.

“It is not enough for us to say, `This is too hard so we’re not going to try,'” Obama said.

“I think there are a vast majority of responsible gun owners out there who recognize that we can’t have a situation in which somebody with severe psychological problems is able to get the kind of high capacity weapons that this individual in Newtown obtained and gun down our kids,” he added. “And, yes, it’s going to be hard.”

The president added that he’s ready to meet with Republicans and Democrats, anyone with a stake in the issue.

The schoolhouse shootings, coming as families prepared for the holidays, have elevated the issue of gun violence to the forefront of public attention. Six adult staff members were also killed at the elementary school. Shooter Adam Lanza committed suicide, apparently as police closed in. Earlier, he had killed his mother at the home they shared.

The tragedy immediately prompted calls for greater gun controls. But the NRA is strongly resisting those efforts, arguing instead that schools should have armed guards for protection. Some gun enthusiasts have rushed to buy semiautomatic rifles of the type used by Lanza, fearing sales may soon be restricted.

Obama seemed unimpressed by the NRA proposal. “I am skeptical that the only answer is putting more guns in schools,” he said. “And I think the vast majority of the American people are skeptical that that somehow is going to solve our problem.”

The president said he intends to press the issue with the public.

“The question then becomes whether we are actually shook up enough by what happened here that it does not just become another one of these routine episodes where it gets a lot of attention for a couple of weeks and then it drifts away,” Obama said. “It certainly won’t feel like that to me. This is something that – you know, that was the worst day of my presidency. And it’s not something that I want to see repeated.”

Separately, a member of the president’s cabinet said Sunday that rural America may be ready to join a national conversation about gun control. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the debate has to start with respect for the Second Amendment right to bear arms and recognition that hunting is a way of life for millions of Americans.

But Vilsack said Newtown has changed the way people see the issue. “I really believe that this is a different circumstance and a different situation,” Vilsack said on CNN.

Vilsack said he thinks it’s possible for Americans to come together. “It’s potentially a unifying conversation,” he said. “The problem is that these conversations are always couched in the terms of dividing us. This could be a unifying conversation, and Lord knows we need to be unified.”

Besides passing gun violence legislation, Obama also listed deficit reduction and immigration as top priorities for 2013. A big deficit reduction deal with Republicans proved elusive this month, and Obama is now hoping Senate Democratic and Republican leaders salvage a scaled-back plan that avoids tax increases for virtually all Americans.

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    • I have a better idea. Try to work on Gov Rick Perry to get Texas secede from the USA as he said. Texaqs is the only major state voting Republican. All our problems will be fixed. Will never have onother Republican President, Congress Supreme Court Judge. All guns will be banned. Period. Budget will be balanced like under Clinton. etc. USA will live happily after like every other civilized state (Canada,England,France etc)

      • They say ignorance is bliss but in your case its just plain ignorance.

        I see you liked the balanced budget under Clinton. I guess you didn’t know that the ONLY reason for the balanced budget was because Newt Gingrich & the Conservative Republicans would have no other way! Clinton was dragged kicking & screaming into having a balanced budget.

        You think there would be a balanced budget now without Texas? You must be on something. First of all you would lose all the taxes paid to the Federal Govt by Texas. Second, OblamO doesn’t know what the meaning of a balanced budget is. He doesn’t know what a budget is because the House hasn’t seen one from him in four years – making him a violator of the Constitution, yet again. Besides, he would STILL be FIVE TRILLION in the red just like he is now.

        As for ” like every other civilized state (Canada, England, France etc),” if you like those countries so much why not get the purgatory out of mine & move there. I’m sure the French would LOVE to have another jew boy in their midst. The UK & Canada have their own issues too!!
        Perhaps one good thing about Canada is that they are realizing their socialist
        Utopia just isn’t working & IYH they will stop their govt health care.

        The bottom line is you must be one of Obama’s uninformed unintelligent zombies who sit home and take take take from Uncle Sam whatever you can.

        • Nice long speach, but it doesnt answer the question. If the Gov. of Texas Ric Perry will keep his word and get Texas to secede from the rest of the USA we will not have any gun control problem in the near future.

          • it is impossible to have a discussion with the foolish.
            you want no guns? the criminals give a darn about laws? oh, there is gun control, i cant use a gun, i will have to use a pencil.
            fin vee nemt min sechil? a cereal box?

  1. There are already laws that make gun violence illegal. Passing laws to keep guns out of criminal’s hands already exist.
    This style of ‘feel good’ government is ridicoulous. You cant always come together. Being a leader means sometimes making decisions that are unpopular.

  2. Guess how many people have died this year in Chicago, the city with strict gun laws. If you said 500 then you right! Hooray for great gun control. It really helped to stop more than almost two people a day from dying from guns.
    Two million defensive saves a year … Wonder how many of those people would still be alive today if it wasn’t for gun control??

  3. There are things we can all agree on. One of these is disbanding the ATF&E. It has been castrated by the gun lobby. Let the real police, such as the FBI enforce gun laws. It is a win-win, smaller government, better enforcement of gun laws.

  4. To all those enlightened-yiden that think that only thugs should have the guns

    You have no clue what you are talking about!
    Since you grew up in your little incubator and saw the world through a glass and had 20 nurses caring for you 24/7
    One day when a drunk idiot will be breaking into your house with a knife – you will regret every silly comment you posted here and that you didn’t buy your gun when you had a chance!

    Yes we should it make it a little harder to buy gun:
    A doctor’s approval
    A required safety course
    (now you need 10$ and an application in your local police department)
    It’s a country of freedom because we can protect our freedom!

    • “A required safety course etc.” How about Insurance? You must have if you own a car built for tranportation Right? Just in case you drive and kill 20 Children by mistake. So Guns what are made for killing shouldnt need Insurance.

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