Obama to tackle gun violence

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By Manju Shukla
Date  27 July 2012
US President Barack Obama has vowed to work with leaders of all political factions to “arrive at a consensus” on how to reduce gun violence across the United States.

The president made the promise on Wednesday during a trip to Aurora, Colorado, where he met with families and victims of the Aurora movie theater shootings, which brought the problem of gun violence in the US to light in an election year.

Such tragedies are repeated on a smaller level all over the whole country on a daily basis, Obama said, addressing the National Urban League, a group that works to promote civil rights and economic improvement for African-Americans.

“Every day and a half the number of young people we lose to violence is about the same as the number of people we lost in that movie theater,” Obama told a predominantly African-American audience.

“I’m going to continue to work with members of both parties and with religious groups and with civic organizations to arrive at a consensus around violence reduction,” he noted.

    Obama’s remarks come during an election year, which makes it risky to discuss or even approach the issue of gun control and the president has therefore been cautious to avoid topics that could offend gun owners and unite his Republican opponents against him on the issue.

Obama expressed his support for the US Constitution’s Second Amendment, which encompasses the right to have and carry arms.

“We recognize the traditions of gun ownership that passed on from generation to generation, that hunting and shooting are part of a cherished national heritage,” he said.

“But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals. That they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities,” the president added.

Despite claiming that background checks for people who want to buy weapons were more comprehensive since he took office, Obama made no new proposals on gun control in his speech.

    Meanwhile Obama’s Republican rival in the November presidential election, Mitt Romney, said earlier this week that extra laws could not have prevented the bloodbath in Colorado. Romney, who was the former governor of Massachusetts, has in the past backed gun control measures.

The Colorado shootings occurred early Friday when 24-year-old James Holmes opened fire on viewers during the screening of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, in Century Theater Cinema in Aurora near Denver.

The response by people in Colorado to the deadly incident has worried American security officials.

People in the US state are also concerned that Aurora shooting tragedy may trigger the government to limit the open-carry gun law.

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