Obama’s Gun Control Tour Goes to Connecticut

Obama Gun COntrol

Trying to boost support for his gun control legislation, Obama travelled to Connecticut yesterday to speak before a crowd at the University of Hartford.

An emotional Obama urged lawmakers to vote on gun control legislation and urged citizens to demand action.

“If you’re an American who wants to do something to prevent more families from knowing the immeasurable anguish that these families here have known, then we have to act,” Obama said. Now’s the time to get engaged. Now’s the time to get involved. Now’s the time to push back on fear and frustration and misinformation. Now’s the time for everybody to make their voices heard, from every statehouse to the corridors of Congress.”

Obama then returned to Washington DC with eleven parents of young children who were killed in the Newtown school shooting. They will make their case for stricter gun control this week to members of Congress who have net yet backed the bill.

The president has called for a vote on his three gun legislation priorities:

  • strengthening background checks
  • limiting the size of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds
  • ban on assault weapons.

Despite opinion polls showing most Americans support a ban on assault weapons and other gun control measures, the Senate has already ditched the proposed ban on assault weapons and on high-capacity magazines citing lack of support. Republicans are also threatening to filibuster their way into delaying any gun votes.

Meanwhile, over in Tennessee, a 4-year-old is also making the case for gun control. The toddler reportedly grabbed a loaded gun during a family cookout and accidentally (or on purpose?) shot and killed the wife of a Tennessee sheriff’s deputy. The debuty was showing relatives his guns when the boy walked in, picked up the gun off the bed, and fired off a single round.

Fun Fact: Gun-friendly Tennessee has one of the highest rates of fatal accidental shootings in the nation. In fact, in three separate incidents, minors in Tennessee accidentally shot and killed three people last year.

Via: BBC News

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