Transcript: Obama's Navy Yard shooting remarks
September 22nd, 2013
06:44 PM ET
7 months ago

Transcript: Obama's Navy Yard shooting remarks

(CNN) - In his fifth speech following a mass shooting, President Barack Obama on Sunday mourned the loss of 12 people killed last week at Washington's Navy Yard.

The president, who spoke at memorial service at the Marine Barracks, also argued against the notion that mass gun violence is "the new normal" and called on the country to make change happen.

Read a transcript of his remarks:
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Navy • President Obama
NRA calls for more armed guards at military installations
September 22nd, 2013
12:38 PM ET
7 months ago

NRA calls for more armed guards at military installations

Washington (CNN) - The Navy Yard shooting further proves that military installations need more robust security and more firearms, the CEO of the National Rifle Association said Sunday.

In the NRA's first response to last week's mass shooting in Washington, Wayne LaPierre argued the amount of time it took for first responders to kill the shooter could have been drastically shortened had Navy Yard personnel been armed with their own guns.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • NRA • Washington D.C.
Obama blasts Republicans at Congressional Black Caucus awards
September 22nd, 2013
12:54 AM ET
7 months ago

Obama blasts Republicans at Congressional Black Caucus awards

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama blasted Republicans Saturday evening for risking a government shutdown in their effort to defund Obamacare saying, “It is time for these folks to stop governing by crisis."

President Barack Obama was speaking at the 43rd Annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Phoenix Awards Dinner. His speech focused on an array of topics, including health care, gun violence and creating economic opportunity.
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September 17th, 2013
07:46 PM ET
7 months ago

Cutter on Crossfire: Gun increase breaks all logic

In the aftermath of the Navy Yard shooting, Crossfire hosts Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter address the guns debate with gun control advocate Colin Goddard, a Virginia Tech shooting survivor and Senior Policy Advocate for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America.


Filed under: Crossfire • Gun control • Gun rights
Obama suggests tougher checks might have prevented DC shooting
September 17th, 2013
07:11 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama suggests tougher checks might have prevented DC shooting

Updated 9/17/2013 at 8:03pm

(CNN) -The Washington Navy Yard shooting could possibly have been prevented if tougher background checks were in place, President Barack Obama said on Tuesday, raising new concern about the frequency of mass shootings.

“The fact that– we do not have a firm enough background-check system– is something that makes us more vulnerable to these kinds of mass shootings. And, you know, I do get concerned that this becomes a ritual that we go through every three, four months, where we have these horrific mass shootings,” he said in an interview with Telemundo.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights
Will Navy Yard rampage move the dial on gun control?
September 17th, 2013
04:20 PM ET
7 months ago

Will Navy Yard rampage move the dial on gun control?

Washington (CNN) - The national trauma inflicted by the massacre of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School prompted an emotional and fierce debate on gun control, but the drive this spring for stricter limits led by President Barack Obama fell short in Washington.

By summer, the issue had mostly faded on the political stage. It was replaced by troubling disclosures around national security leaks and U.S. surveillance, violent political turmoil in Egypt, alleged chemical weapons use in Syria, and another looming federal budget showdown.

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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Navy
Top House Dem: Gun lobby likely to block new laws
September 17th, 2013
01:19 PM ET
7 months ago

Top House Dem: Gun lobby likely to block new laws

Washington (CNN) – The number two House Democrat believes the deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard will renew the debate over gun control, but admitted that outside groups opposed to any new restrictions make it unlikely that Congress will enact any new laws.

"If the past is prologue that prologue is not very helpful," House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, referencing failed attempts on Capitol Hill to pass new gun laws after previous mass shootings, told reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.
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Filed under: Gun control • Steny Hoyer
First on CNN: Perry to tour gun facility near Washington
September 17th, 2013
11:56 AM ET
7 months ago

First on CNN: Perry to tour gun facility near Washington

Washington (CNN) – With guns back in the national spotlight after a mass shooting at Washington's Navy Yard, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will tour Maryland's largest gun manufacturer on Wednesday as part of his ongoing effort to lure businesses to his home state.

A Perry aide told CNN that the Republican governor will tour the Beretta USA facility in Accokeek, Maryland, just over the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Martin O'Malley • Rick Perry
Navy Yard shooting: AR-15, back in the news - briefly
September 17th, 2013
08:36 AM ET
7 months ago

Navy Yard shooting: AR-15, back in the news - briefly

(CNN) - It has been called the most popular rifle in America, and it briefly returned to the spotlight after Monday's shooting at the Navy Yard: the AR-15.

A U.S. law enforcement official said Monday that gunman Aaron Alexis unleashed a barrage of bullets using an AR-15, a rifle and a semi-automatic handgun. Authorities believed the AR-15 was used for most of the shooting, the official said. The news prompted Sen. Dianne Feinstein, one of the strongest proponents of a ban on assault weapons like the AR-15, to issue a statement the same day asking, "When will enough be enough?"

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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Navy
Political gun debate starts anew after Navy Yard rampage
September 16th, 2013
08:25 PM ET
7 months ago

Political gun debate starts anew after Navy Yard rampage

Washington (CNN) - Hours after the Washington Navy Yard shooting, some of Washington's most vocal advocates for gun control started to renew their calls for further restrictions on firearms.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, one of the strongest proponents of a ban on assault weapons like the AR-15 that suspected shooter and military contractor Aaron Alexis is believed to have used, issued a statement Monday asking "When will enough be enough?"
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Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • Gun control • Jay Rockefeller • Joe Manchin
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