Obama Urges Action To Tackle Gun Violence

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is urging Americans to press Congress to support his proposals to tackle gun violence.

As he begins his second term, the president says in his weekly radio and Internet address that Americans should ask lawmakers why a good rating from the gun lobby is more important than keeping kids safe. He's referring to the powerful National Rifle Association, which opposes his new gun proposals.

The president says he's taking steps right away but Congress also must act. He's asking lawmakers to pass an assault-weapons ban, universal background checks and limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines.

In the Republican address, Oklahoma Rep. James Lankford is focusing on financial matters. He says any budget Congress approves must address government spending and debt.

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  • by John Location: Lansing on Jan 19, 2013 at 09:56 AM
    The more important question is, "Why is President Obama willing to sacrifice the safety of everyone's children but his own by pushing his anti-gun rights agenda?" - (Yes, Virginia, President Obama's children ARE protected by armed guards...Your's aren't.)
  • by Rick Location: Stockbridge on Jan 19, 2013 at 08:39 AM
    If our communist president doesn't stop pushing disarmement, he'll soon learn that despite the efforts of the government run schools, a whole bunch of us not only understand The Second Amendment, but are preparing ourselves to use it for it's intended purpose.
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