Obama talks guns, Democratic leaders duck
July 26th, 2012
06:58 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama talks guns, Democratic leaders duck

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama broke his silence on the Colorado movie massacre Wednesday night and spoke out on the issue of gun control.

"I believe the majority of gun owners would agree ... that we should check someone's criminal record before they can check out a gun seller; that a mentally unbalanced individual should not be able to get his hands on a gun so easily," said the president.


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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Darryl

    There has to be something done. Here in southern California people are being killed everyday from guns and its really bad.The gun issue is out of control totally.

    July 26, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. Pete

    Democrates like republicans always avoid this caustic issue,they know what happened years ago when Dems fought for banning certain guns, remember we lost the majority of seats that election cycle.Pres.Obama is just speaking of a different issue, licencing and how it applies to indiviguals that may have underlying mental problems and how gun shop owners can help to apply more strengent guidelines to make it safer for all citizens whether a gun enthusiasts or not.I as a gun owner,concealed permit holder believe more psychological testing is needed before handing over a piece of hardware that could kill or mame another,its a responsibility and privilege to own a gun,the amendments don't explain that but guns served a different purpose back then when the amendments were originally written and gun offenses were handled more hastily,strongly with corporal punishment like hanging being the ultimate sentence.We're more civilized now ,but should revert to these same sentences as it might make abusive gun users think twice before using a weapon illegally against another and ban the MSM from televising the offenders identification publicly.People like Charles Manson should have never gotten the publicity for murdering Sharon Tate and he shouldn't be around this long either,living like a king on death row..

    July 26, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. T'sah From Virginia

    Everything President Obama stated, the majority of Americans do agree – including the gun owners – So what is the big deal? – Assault weapons belong in war and no one should be able to buy grenades, six thousands bullets and other gun-related equipment on the internet without a RED FLAG going up – Where was our homeland security watch – this killer was a real threat to our home security; if he was a Muslim, he would have been tagged…. Really!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    July 26, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  4. 1968 Act

    With the exception of banning assault weapons, every thing Obama says we should is already covered by the 1968 federal firearms act. Here's a novel idea, put systems in place that help us enforce the laws on the books

    July 26, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    you can be sure that the NRA and guns right supporters will overlook that President Obama said that he supported the 2nd Amendment and firearms ownership. After all as president he did sign into law that you can take your guns legally into our National Parks now. What they will still focus on is that "Obama wants to take ALL your guns away" because they have enough people stupid enough to fall for that line. Case in point I enjoy the line "But Obama NEVER said that" to which the NRA member replied "I KNOW he never said it that's why I know he's gonna DO IT!!" LOL

    July 26, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  6. Name monica

    They need to be ashamed of themselves.they suppose to stand behind the president but instead they are running away from this. He said gun control, not take away your damn guns.no one in there right frame of mind should back down. But u got some dummmy that would say Obama wants to take our guns.boy I tell you,where is the common sense.

    July 26, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  7. Steve

    This already happens. Thus is not new.

    July 27, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  8. Thomas

    Repeal the dueling law !

    July 27, 2012 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  9. J.V.Hodgson

    This is aclassic example of the media taking what people actually say and over dramatising the meaning inaccore with how they want to "play the story out" i.e keep it contoversial so it fills air time or space on tv.
    The second follow question to Reid is classic nonsense, harry reid does not determine Democratic policy, he has an influence and does not determine whether gun laws will be an issue this term or especially the next term.
    Grow up and stop trying to make scandal and scoops!! via political IED policy questions.

    July 27, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  10. Marry

    The President is a very brave and smart man! To take a stand that every reasonable person can support when it comes to gun ownership and safety, wile all the others duck, is very brave “these days”. And he leaves it up to the people to think and come to grips with a complicated and all too often deathly “Love” for guns in the US. It will be interesting to see how the NRA (and GOP-TP and Fox) will twist this trying to tell people “that one” is going after their guns…

    July 27, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  11. Marie MD

    Nobody needs assault rifles. If you want to own a gun oro one hundred go ahead. Just make sure you keep it away from children. Too bad it's too late for a little four year old in our area who shot himself yesterday!

    July 27, 2012 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  12. King

    this country seems to be going down the drain, where have common sense gone. the fabricated angry and unlogical sentiment in this country seems to be growing. take for instant global warming that big oil companies money are convincing the repubs gullibles that are not happening. now the thought of semi automatic weapon's are a good thing, when someone can unload a hundred rounds in a minutes without even stopping to reload so someone can jump on him to save lives. what have become of our great nation.

    July 27, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |