Obama on background checks: 'Practical progress' on gun violence
April 3rd, 2013
03:04 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama on background checks: 'Practical progress' on gun violence

(CNN) - Obama will continue his call for gun violence legislation on Wednesday, including expanding the scope of background checks, at the Denver Police Academy.

The academy is located just miles from the Aurora movie theater where 12 people were killed and 58 wounded in a mass shooting in July.

The White House released these excerpts of his remarks, which are expected to begin around 5 p.m. ET:

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"From the beginning of this effort, we've wanted law enforcement front and center in shaping the discussion and the reforms that emerge from it. After all, you're often the first to see the terrible consequences of gun violence – lives lost; families broken; communities irrevocably changed. You know what works and what doesn't, and we wanted that experience and that advice. And I've come here to Denver today because Colorado in particular is proving a model for what's possible.

"It's now been just over 100 days since the murder of 20 innocent children and six brave educators in Newtown, Connecticut shocked this country into doing something to protect our kids. But consider this: over those 100 days or so, more than 100 times as many Americans have fallen victim to gun violence. More than 2,000 of our fellow citizens, struck down, often just because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. And every day we wait to do something about it, even more are stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun.

"Colorado has already chosen to do something about it. This is, obviously, a state that has suffered the tragedy of two of the worst mass shootings in our history – 14 years ago this month in Columbine, and just last year in Aurora. This is also a state that treasures its Second Amendment rights – a state of proud hunters and sportsmen, with a strong tradition of gun ownership that's handed down from generation to generation with reverence and respect.

"I'm here because I believe there's no conflict between reconciling these realities. There doesn't have to be a conflict between protecting our citizens and protecting our Second Amendment rights. I've gotten stacks of letters from proud gun owners, whether they're for sport, or protection, or collection, who tell me how deeply they cherish their rights, and don't want them infringed upon – but they still want us to do something to stop the epidemic of gun violence.

"I appreciate every one of those letters. I've learned from them. And I think that Colorado has shown that practical progress is possible by enacting tougher background checks that won't infringe on the rights of responsible gun owners, but will help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people."

Filed under: Colorado • Gun control • Gun rights • President Obama
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. commiecat

    Doubtfully a condom as he is very faithful to his wife, Michelle, but he does have a smirk of questionability on his face! LOL

    April 3, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. lucianne

    so we have the white supremecists and their pals shooting sherrifs and district attorneys and prison bosses and this is fine with all of you? geez, i would certainly rathere be protected by elected and appointed officials than any old creep with a gun. the guy who shot the fireman in new york had been in prison for killing his own grandmother! with background checks, maybe he would have been shot. the kid in connecticut fired off more than 100 shots. someone could have grabbed him before he reloaded if he only had five. and the sharpshooter in texas apparently didn't have time to protect himself against his "pal". the fewer the guns, the fewer the murders.

    April 3, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. lucianne

    and by the way – Reid CAN'T insist on a vote because five senators have forgotten that democracy is rule of the majority, not rule of five grandstanders who won't let the bill come to the floor. it takes 60 votes. some of you guys need to read something occasionally.

    April 3, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. James Bond

    Sonny is hittin the faux news crackpipe again, what recorded history? i heard nothing of repealing thw 2nd , you cant have unlimited ammo clips, and guns designed to kill multiple people, and you freak out. idiot

    April 3, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
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