Obama makes new gun law push as polls show waning support
March 28th, 2013
12:19 PM ET
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Obama makes new gun law push as polls show waning support

Washington (CNN) – With polls showing support for new gun legislation on the wane, President Barack Obama joined police officials and victims of gun violence Thursday to raise pressure on Congress to get something passed more than three months after the Newtown school massacre.

The president called on Congress to pass a package of gun laws coming up in the Senate, saying "none of these ideas should be controversial.

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  1. Dean

    Yet another Obama failure.

    March 28, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. PaulG

    Enforce existing law and address the mental health crisis in this country!

    March 28, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. obama victim

    guess a lot of people do not want to give up their freedom.....from my cold dead hands

    March 28, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Fair is Fair

    "The White House event comes on what advocates of tougher gun laws call a national day of action, with rallies and other gatherings planned in cities across the country."
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    Really... what could possibly go wrong?

    March 28, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. sonny chapman

    There's TOO much Freedom in this Country. King George was right;Self Govt. can not work. Human Nature & Self Rule cannot co-exist. EXCESS of Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms & First Amendment Rights of Free Speech results in the powerful & well connected Minority prevailing over the will of the Majority.

    March 28, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. lottie

    how quickly people forget until the next blood bath. Since when has the NRA become the voice of the people? No one wants to take any guns away just enforce the laws we have and add background checks for all. Close loop holes and who needs 30 bullet clips???

    March 28, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. 82ndABNVET

    Something will pass. Not what they want to pass though. Common sense gun laws are increased mental health notifications to the background check system, increased sentences for those that commit crimes with a gun or have violent tendancies and increased background checks. I caveat that with, there has to be language in the bill that would create a nation wide gun registry. A registry would be an easy way for the government to come along and confiscate your guns for no reason or to tax you on them like you get taxed on your house, car, boat, etc.

    An "Assault Weapons Ban" would do nothing to stop innocent Americans from being killed each year. The previous ban that expired shows that. More people were just killed with handguns and shotguns to make up for it.

    Besides, rifles (AR-15's only make up a portion) account for roughly only 4-5% of all gun related homicides per year. Handguns account for 70%+. You do the math. These are all verifiable via the FBI website if you do a bit of searching. The numbers ring true year after year.

    March 28, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. PJ

    "155 bullets in 5 minutes" riddled the bodies of those educators and 20 precious children.
    But, don' let that stop those who think they need huge rounds of bullets in their weapons. No siree, we need to
    protect ourselves from WHAT?
    LaPierre has body guards, so what does he care? He is "pertected".
    The drones are coming, the drones are coming!!!!!!!! How stupid can you get?

    March 28, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    I love the NRA argumentative talking point about how bad guys and criminals are always able to get guns. But, they never explain how they're currently obtaining them, nor what they plan to do about stopping it in the future. So far, the only plan to stop a bad guy with a gun, is with a good guy with a gun.

    They don't want you to know that their "bad guys" are getting guns from some of their "good guys", who are better known as "law abiding citizens".

    March 28, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. hornetbutt

    if they would work as hard to get rid of gangs as they do trying to get rid of guns there might not see as many deaths

    March 28, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Nick

    Taking away our guns is not going to help anything. Why should we be restricted because others arnt mentally stable enough to understand the responsibility behind owning a gun. I understand the need to do something but a ban on anything will not help. look at drugs such as marajuana making it illegal did nothing people still want it and get it all the time it just prevented the people who could use it medically from being able to obtain it. I agree with better background checks and restrictions on who can buy but that's it. I'm keeping my ar-15 and my 30 round mags if someone wants to come take it from me goodluck. People who want to shoot

    March 28, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. nothing new here

    People are too focused on the economy, gay marriage and immigration at this time.
    The problem with our penal system is this – there are too many rules on the books, esp. when it comes to stupid stuff like the "war on drugs".
    We would not have all these people with criminal records IF we could have a common-sense overhaul of the legal system in this country.
    I believe in liberties for all legal citizens, that includes LGBT community..

    March 28, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. nothing new here

    BTW, I have nothing against background checks for gun purchases.
    Considering the average citizen has to show proof of identity for just about everything else, gun ownership should not be an exception.

    March 28, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. 1608®

    so how many gangs do know of shooting up a church, school or movie theater?

    March 28, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Nick

    Taking away our guns is not going to help anything. Why should we be restricted because others arnt mentally stable enough to understand the responsibility behind owning a gun.
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    No one is taking away your guns. A ban automatic weapons has existed since the 1930s, which required that all existing weaons be registered. Not one registered weapon has ever been "taken away". Collectors stilll have the old-fashioned "tommy guns" popular with gangsters of the era.

    When LaPierre says "criminals will always be able to get guns," people interpret that in one of two ways. They get scared and run out to a gun store to buy more stuff. Or, they hear LaPierre *guaranteeing* that criminals will be able to buy weapons. I think LaPierre is for selling more weapons and ammo, which means he likes it when criminals are able to buy guns so easily because it scares many people to go out and BUY.

    March 28, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    82ndABNVET wrote:

    An "Assault Weapons Ban" would do nothing to stop innocent Americans from being killed each year. The previous ban that expired shows that. More people were just killed with handguns and shotguns to make up for it.
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    Not really. You're comparing apples to oranges. The weapons covered by the previous ban showed a dramatic drop in their use in violent crimes. The problem is that the definition of "assault weapon" in the ban left wiggle room for manufacturers to design assault weapons that were not prohibited by the ban. THOSE weapons account for the "no difference" in the stats.

    March 28, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. USPatriot1964

    Obama does have some successes: Unemployment Up less people working, Food Stamp usage up, vacation time up. What do you expect from "The Smoke and Mirror King" look over here don't pay attention to the real problems of the country.

    March 28, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    No. I haven't moved on, CNN. I still don't care if the John Wayne wannabes ever again get the chance to legally buy one of those guns that don't kill they all seem to be jumping all over themselves to own.

    Three quarters of the wannabes probably ought not to have legal possession of guns (any type) to begin with. I only ask that they play their shoot 'em up over at someone else's corral. Stray bullets can be deadly.

    Yeah, I know. Bullets don't kill either.

    March 28, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Glad I live in TN

    Lottie: They are the voice of the people. At least the people I know.

    March 28, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. sonny chapman

    Attention all 2nd Amendment Enthusiasts : Exactly WHAT are you so afraid of that makes you lose all reason & sense of proportionality. Serious question you should be asking yourselves.

    March 28, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. Glad I live in TN

    I do not trust the government enough to give them the information they need to confiscate my legally purchased firearms (at any such future time as they deem it necessary). They do not have a good track record for honesty.

    March 28, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    sonny chapman

    Attention all 2nd Amendment Enthusiasts : Exactly WHAT are you so afraid of that makes you lose all reason & sense of proportionality. Serious question you should be asking yourselves.
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    They probably realize that they wouldn't pass the background checks due to DUI's, domestic violence, and who knows what else.

    March 28, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. b

    the stats from the Clinton assault weapon ban show that it didn't have any effect. Why is it that liberals want to do it again?

    March 28, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "I think LaPierre is for selling more weapons and ammo, which means he likes it when criminals are able to buy guns so easily because it scares many people to go out and BUY."

    That's why NRA News now has an obvius token as their "urban gun enthusiast." LaPierre and comapny decided to start marketing to "that" demographic.

    March 28, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. Fair is Fair

    sonny chapman

    Attention all 2nd Amendment Enthusiasts : Exactly WHAT are you so afraid of that makes you lose all reason & sense of proportionality. Serious question you should be asking yourselves.
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    Attention sonny chapman: I'm not "afraid" of anything with the exception that knowing that if the government can erode rights guaranteed under the 2nd Ammendment, they can erode rights guaranteed under ANY of them. You should be "afraid" of that too.

    March 28, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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