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Thursday, October 27, 2016

President Obama Takes Gun Reform Push To Colorado

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President Obama is taking his federal gun reform push to states that have passed stronger firearms laws following the mass shooting of 20 children and six adults in Newtown, CT last December. On Wednesday he spoke in Denver, CO, a state with a strong hunting culture and gun-owning tradition, and which recently passed tough new gun restrictions

Speaking at the Denver Police Academy, only 6.5 miles from the Century 16 Aurora movie theater where last June a gunman killed 12 people and injured 58 others, the president praised Colorado’s new gun laws, saying the state is “proving a model of what’s possible,” and adding that “every day that we wait to do something about [gun violence], even more of our fellow citizens are stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun. The good news is that Colorado has already chosen to do something about it.”

Colorado governor John Hickenlooper recently signed landmark gun reform laws that expand background checks on gun purchases and limit the size of ammunition magazines. But the opposition to stronger gun laws has been fierce in the western state. More than a dozen Colorado sheriffs held a rally before the president’s visit to voice their opposition to new gun laws. And Dudley Brown, executive director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners and executive vice president of the National Association for Gun Rights, recently said in an interview that “we tell gun owners, ‘There’s a time to hunt deer. And the next election is the time to hunt Democrats.'”

The president said that “If you want to buy a gun, whether it’s from a licensed dealer or a private seller, you should at least have to pass a background check to show you’re not a criminal or someone legally prohibited from buying one. That’s just common sense.” (Gun violence expert Daniel Webster backed up the president’s assertion that expanding background checks will reduce gun crime in an interview with Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent that was published on Wednesday.)

In a reference to Aurora, the president received applause when he said, “I don’t believe that weapons designed for theaters of war have a place in movie theaters,” as he talked about why banning assault weapons and large-capacity magazines are so important in preventing more mass shootings.

As the president amps up the pressure on Congress to pass universal background checks and bring an up-or-down vote to the Senate floor on an assault weapons ban and limiting high-capacity magazines, a new poll commissioned by MSNBC’s Morning Joe finds that a majority 60 percent of Americans favor stronger gun laws, 87 percent support expanding background checks to private sales and gun shows, and 59 percent back a ban on military-style assault weapons.

The president will travel to Hartford, CT on Monday to praise the state’s bipartisan agreement to pass the toughest gun laws in the nation in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting.

The Senate is expected to take up gun legislation starting next week when they return from Easter-Passover recess.

“The only way this time will be different is if the American people demand that this time it must be different,” the president said. “That this time we must do something to protect our communities and our kids…that we’re not going to just wait for the next Newtown or the next Aurora before we act.”

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  • Mark Forsyth

    I am a lifelong gun owner who has never given carte blanche to,much less been a member of the N.R.A. It has been more than ten years since I last purchased a firearm.At that time I filled out some forms for what I was told was a NIX CHECK, to see whether or not I was able to make a legal purchase.Is this process no longer employed,or has it proven inadequate to prevent illegal purchases? I’m all for the protection of 2nd Amendment rights but c’mon now,not every attempt to protect ourselves from gun violence is a threat to those rights.I support restricting the sale,access,and use of assualt weapons to legally licensed,registered and insured gun clubs and private shooting ranges,where those folks who enjoy shooting those type of firearms can do so.They do not belong on the streets nor in individually private hands.I also support the passing of “effective and enforceable” gun legislation and not merely some cosmetic,pacifying band-aid.If we are going to have gun control then lets do it right so that the only toes that are truely stepped on will belong to the bad guys.

  • nomaster

    The new gun control laws in Colorado would not have stopped the Columbine Massacre, the Aurora Massacre nor the killing of the Correctional Chief. Feel good knee jerk reactions don’t help. Generations of lax parent child relationships in this country have caused the I don’t care reaction from youth and the lack of discipline of the family continues to pleague this country. Attack the propblem instead of playing politics. As a law enforcement officer for over 36 years I have seen the steady growth of a violent nature in this country and to blame guns alone is naive. Thank God for politicians ability to deceive.

    • republiCONsanddemsarebothsuck

      It is easier to take away rights from those that obey the law.

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      I agree, most of our violent nature in our society today has to do with the lack of PARENTAL CONTROL.

      We have grown up at least 2 generations since WW2 who largely have very little self-control, have no empathy for someone worse off. We’ve raised a lot of Bullies who are not disciplined or corrected.

      Yet at the same time, our children, just because they are a little overactive, are placed on Psychotropic Medications to “calm” them down. Then, we sit them in front of extremely violent computer screens, TV Shows where they learn to except violence as a every day occurance.

      Let us not forget how politics divided our society into two separate camps, one pitted against the other in endless down-driven hate speech. And, religion has done nothing to bridge that divide, only make it worse.

      We have let our Corporations gut our middle class, where even the loss of one job in a household can spell disaster for everyone involved in the family.

      Our citizens with Mental Problems are not being taken care of, not being supervised properly and we have no place to put them but in prison where over time, they become worse.

      The GUN is just another form of a Easy Fix, quick and fast. Get rid of the problem, but never solve it. Sweep it under the rug for the next gun-toting nutcase to take it out and kill as many people as he/she can possible kill in the shortest amount of time.

      Getting rid of the Gun is just one aspect of a much larger problem.

  • republiCONsanddemsarebothsuck

    Great stage presence, but useless. He should put the same effort into job creation.