Obama responds to petitions against gun violence
December 21st, 2012
09:24 AM ET
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Obama responds to petitions against gun violence

(CNN) - President Barack Obama responded personally Friday to numerous petitions against gun violence, a task normally left to other White House staff.

"I want to take a minute today to respond and let you know, we hear you," he said in a web video.

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The video came in response to 32 "We the People" petitions on gun control, many of them created after the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting. One of the petitions, found on the White House's website, amassed nearly 200,000 signatures.

Since last week's massacre, in which a gunman killed 27 people before taking his own life, Obama has announced a new effort to find proposals that could potentially lead to legislation against gun violence. He appointed Vice President Joe Biden as the leader of the new commission.

In his video address Friday, Obama reiterated that he believes the Second Amendment guarantees a right to bear arms and acknowledged the country's "strong tradition of gun ownership that's been handed down from generation to generation."

However, Obama said "the vast majority of responsible, law-abiding gun owners would be some of the first to say that we should be able to keep an irresponsible, law-breaking few from buying a weapon of war."

"I'm willing to bet that they don't think that using a gun and using common sense are incompatible ideas," he continued. "That an unbalanced man shouldn't be able to get his hands on a military-style assault rifle so easily."

The video was released hours before the National Rifle Association held a press conference, where the pro-gun rights group called for an armed guard to be placed in every school.

- CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. Charlie Daniels

    Why the hell do people keep talking about Uzi's? Hilarious. A worthless and very outdated weapon.

    December 21, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. don in albuquerque

    Wilson-Over puberty yet?

    December 21, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Otherwise, the only real option is to fight fire with fire, so to speak."

    What a great feel good option! Shoot out at the OK Corral on every main street business, school, shopping mall in America. Yes sir. I feel safer already.

    December 21, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. haystupid

    Your presidents speach and appointment of joe biden (hahaha) to lead the way , which is a joke in its self , has also promped swift action from me. I, like many others that i met at busy gun shops in my area yesterday were there to buy some guns after hearing what was said. I am not a fan of guns, but now am the proud owner of a new AR15 , glock 9mm, and sig 380. I also felt the need to join the NRA and help defend our right provided to us by the second amendment. Obama opens his mouth and guns fly off the shelf. I agree with the Nra as far as video games and the film industry having alot to do with this problem and the media needs to shoulder alot of the blame for craming the storys of these acts down our throats all day every day. Report it and move on pleas, i dont need to know the EMT's, the people who lived next door to the grandmother of a child who was killed, the guy at the corner store who knows the sister on a teacher at the school.

    All the people on the left who are members of the obama cult and belive his word is like hearing god speak to them from above can thank him for all the new guns in the hands people across this country. The longer this conversation continues , the more guns will be sold, the stronger the NRA grows . Do you really belive that the outrage over gun ownership is correctly placed anger? Everyone that does can go to sleep tonight knowing that there are thousands more new gun owners today than there were the day your cult leader obama spoke and the numbers are growing faster with every speach he makes.

    December 21, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. tinykhan

    TO: haystupid: appropriate name. From your post, I am surprised you know how to spell "gun" correctly. Proud owner of a gun you never had before...probably don't even know how to load it or use it properly. Did you buy trigger locks for safety? A locked gun cabinet by any chance? No? So, in essence, you are contributing to the gun problem in this country as your guns are now accessible to anyone who wants to use them...good job. Hopefully your guns aren't stolen/used by someone committing a crime...or you accidently kill a friend.

    December 21, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. rod

    There are bits and pieces of the solution in all of your responses, assault weapons ban, mental health reform, video game responsibility, hollywood responsibility, media responsibility, govt responsibility, community unification, our communities are broken, every one of u who opposes the other sides opinion is discriminating, i thought we stopped that? When will we stop being democrats and republicans, and b americans? If everyone moved a little to the center we could fix this now! I wish i were president and we ran this country on commonsense, u r all right, love one another, it Shouldnt take a tragedy, have courage unite people unite, one and all together now!!

    December 21, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. willywomp

    If we are going to post at every school. Where does the money come from. I guess from the schools. Our children won;t mind giving up some school books. While we are at it why not at all the movie theaters, shopping malls and colleges. In fact why don't we all just become part of the US Army then the government can pick up the bill. No more need to search anyone for weapons because we will all be armed walking around with weapons slung over our shoulders. Won't we look a great place to visit?

    December 21, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. Noway2

    Stop pushing for ban this or that legislation. Bans wont work for two reasons. One, there are already millions of these things in circulation that won't disappear. Two, only the law abiding will be impacted; bans completely miss the target. It is also very apparent how the majority of gun owners feel about these ridiculous bans and this is shown by the massive, record sales that have occured over the last couple of days since being proposed. If talk of legislative bans were taken off the table, we would be a lot closer to having that sensible discussion and working together towards solutions that actually will achieve the desired goal; a goal that everyone shares.

    December 21, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. CommonVoice


    Now that you are an owner, you should know that "there is more likelihood of a gun owner actually shooting himself or have himself or one of his family members get shot through the misuse of his own firearm, than it is for him to actually use it on an intruder into his home" !!! Apparently, that is statistically correct.

    As you can see, this boy first used the gun to shoot his own mother dead and she was the callous owner! She didn't live to see her gun being used on twenty completely unrelated innocent kids though.

    December 21, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. rod

    On friday my 6 year old son came home and asked dad what is a penis? I said its your pp, he got this look of like whoa! I said why, u must tell me why, he said another 6 yr old on the bus said he had a knife and was going to cut his penis off! Then he told another kid he would kill him! This should blow all your minds that is proof our society is broken. Stop squabbling like adolescents, look inward, we r all at fault for every tragedy! Im sure this child was being silly since my son said he likes to act silly so other kids laugh but it speaks volumes of where we r all at, love your neighbor, offer them help when they r in need, ive said i dislike obama, i am nra, a hunter, a fisherman, most greatly a father, ive yet to hear obama said do away with guns, a lot of what hes saying is true, hunters dont need assault weapons, big clips, i say 12 round clip max, limit it to a simple handgun. However, the man in aurora had grenades, how easy it would b to kill with those, And bombs apparently we forget that men

    December 21, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. Jersey Girl

    @haystupid (apt name)
    It is obvious that your hatred of the President is clouding your judgment.
    I hate guns, but the 2nd Amendment will NEVER be overturned, not with gun-nuts like you around. The President is not calling for total ban, and neither is any politician, as they all feel that pesky amendment should be protected. What should be banned is high-capacity guns and magazines. And of course registration should apply for all gun sales, including at gun fairs. This is not asking too much; let those children's lives not have been in vain.
    And by the way, I hope I don't live anywhere live near you, but then, there aren't any trailers anywhere in my town. Also, I think you meant to spell "hey," not "hay." And the correct spelling for "speach" is "speech."

    December 21, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. don in albuquerque

    Jersey Girl-No he ment to spell it Hay. You know kind of like being a hay-seed.

    December 21, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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