Obama still backs new gun ban; top senator less certain
February 4th, 2013
03:20 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama still backs new gun ban; top senator less certain

(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Monday reiterated his call for a comprehensive package of steps against gun violence as the focus on possible Senate legislation appeared to narrow to expanded background checks and limited ammunition magazines, rather than a ban on semi-automatic rifles that mimic assault weapons.

Obama took part in a discussion with Minneapolis officials before telling police officers and others that an increase in gun violence nationwide, including the Connecticut school massacre in December, made it vital to address the issue now.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Let me remind the hard right that the NRA no longer supports closing the gun show loop hople therefore you should not either.

    February 4, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. much thunder.little rain

    not many bloods or crips in land of 10,000 lakes... mental illness and gangs are the lion share of gun violence...

    February 4, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Gun lobbyist LaPierre expressed the *opinion* that "law abiding citizens" should be subjected to the "opinions of a politican" when it comes to "how many" rounds of ammunition they need in their gun to defend themselves.

    February 4, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. n222s

    Regardless of the merits of his argument in favor of toughening gun control laws, why does he need to fly to Minneapolis to give a speech? Trips such as this one cost the taxpayers millions. Of course, the foolish amongst you will say 'they all do these things". Which, of course, does not address the question of whether these trips are necessary.

    I'm just saying that in the midst of a lackluster economy, spending millions on a photo op is not the best use of our taxpayer money. Is there really a significant portion of the population that says; "I was against gun control but every since the Prez went to Minneapolis, I now support it".

    He wants us all to sacrifice (have you seen your paycheck since the first of the year?) a little more, couldn't he suck it up and give the speech in DC?

    February 4, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Bill from GA

    Is the issue gun violence or assault weapons and such?

    The NRA and its leading supporters in Congress argue that steps proposed by Obama won't work and would fail to address the problem. I hate to admit it but the NRA is mostly right here. Even Rev. Jessie Jackson today said more needs to be done to stop day-to-day killings.

    Ban the assault weapons, high cartridge clips,or whatever; but stricter laws on those who commit crimes with guns, and those who violate existing gun laws, regardless of age, need to be enacted.

    And the bigger issue of glorifying the 'Gangsta Culture'; movies, music, or whatever, needs to be addressed. This is one area that Rev. Jessie, our President, and other leaders need to step up and speak out about. Being 'Bad' is not a role model our youth need to embrace.

    February 4, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. Jerry

    HIS first wasteful trip earlier cost taxpayers way over a million dollars; what is this next wasteful trip going to cost us?!

    I would think that there are more pressing concerns (economy, jobs, unemployments, etc., etc., etc.) that need to be addressed, and (laughter) most without having to travel and spend millions of taxpayer dollars.

    No wonder our nation is going deeper and deeper into debt.

    Mr. Obama, thank, thank you!

    February 4, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Bill from GA wrote:

    ... The NRA and its leading supporters in Congress argue that steps proposed by Obama won't work and would fail to address the problem. I hate to admit it but the NRA is mostly right here. Even Rev. Jessie Jackson today said more needs to be done to stop day-to-day killings. ...
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    You're making a false equivalence Bill. Yesterday, LaPiere argued that "every gang member in Chicago needs to be arrested" and sent to a long term facility. He didn't mention what they should be charged with at all. I don't think Rev, Jackson would agree with that position. Mr. Jackson was probably speeking about of the 1.9 million people who were stopped from buying guns under false pretenses under exisiting laws, only a small percentage are actually prosecuted for the crime.

    However, I think the lack of prosecution may more to do with budget cuts than anything else. Would you believe that the annual budget for ATF is under one million dollars?

    February 4, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Moose

    Why not go to chicago where the gun violence is ???? must be scared, Rudy, its ok we need fodder like you in the world. Brown noser

    February 4, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Bill from GA

    Around 12,000 Americans were killed by guns last year.

    Our Prez wastes a few bucks to address the issue.

    3000 killed on 9/11, W wastes a trillion or so bucks, invades the wrong country, and 4000 plus Americans killed in response.

    February 4, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. rs

    n222s/Jerry

    More needless bashing. If Obama stays in the Nation's capital he is a "Beltway insider" disconnected from "real Americans". If he goes to the people he "wastes tax dollars".

    I suppose it doesn't matter what the President does- you will ALWAYS complain.

    February 4, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Tony

    This guy continues to prove he's a waste of our tax dollars.

    February 4, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |