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President Obama: We must seek agreement on gun reforms
The Arizona Daily Star ^ | March 13, 2011 | President Barack Obama Special To The Arizona Daily Star

Posted on 03/13/2011 7:26:43 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

It's been more than two months since the tragedy in Tucson stunned the nation. It was a moment when we came together as one people to mourn and to pray for those we lost. And in the attack's turbulent wake, Americans by and large rightly refrained from finger-pointing, assigning blame or playing politics with other people's pain.

But one clear and terrible fact remains. A man our Army rejected as unfit for service; a man one of our colleges deemed too unstable for studies; a man apparently bent on violence, was able to walk into a store and buy a gun.

He used it to murder six people and wound 13 others. And if not for the heroism of bystanders and a brilliant surgical team, it would have been far worse.

But since that day, we have lost perhaps another 2,000 members of our American family to gun violence. Thousands more have been wounded. We lose the same number of young people to guns every day and a half as we did at Columbine, and every four days as we did at Virginia Tech.

Every single day, America is robbed of more futures. It has awful consequences for our society. And as a society, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to put a stop to it.

Now, like the majority of Americans, I believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. And the courts have settled that as the law of the land. In this country, we have a strong tradition of gun ownership that's handed from generation to generation. Hunting and shooting are part of our national heritage. And, in fact, my administration has not curtailed the rights of gun owners - it has expanded them, including allowing people to carry their guns in national parks and wildlife refuges.

The fact is, almost all gun owners in America are highly responsible. They're our friends and neighbors. They buy their guns legally and use them safely, whether for hunting or target shooting, collection or protection. And that's something that gun-safety advocates need to accept. Likewise, advocates for gun owners should accept the awful reality that gun violence affects Americans everywhere, whether on the streets of Chicago or at a supermarket in Tucson.

I know that every time we try to talk about guns, it can reinforce stark divides. People shout at one another, which makes it impossible to listen. We mire ourselves in stalemate, which makes it impossible to get to where we need to go as a country.

However, I believe that if common sense prevails, we can get beyond wedge issues and stale political debates to find a sensible, intelligent way to make the United States of America a safer, stronger place.

I'm willing to bet that responsible, law-abiding gun owners agree that we should be able to keep an irresponsible, law-breaking few - dangerous criminals and fugitives, for example - from getting their hands on a gun in the first place.

I'm willing to bet they don't think that using a gun and using common sense are incompatible ideas - that we should check someone's criminal record before he can check out at a gun seller; that an unbalanced man shouldn't be able to buy a gun so easily; that there's room for us to have reasonable laws that uphold liberty, ensure citizen safety and are fully compatible with a robust Second Amendment.

That's why our focus right now should be on sound and effective steps that will actually keep those irresponsible, law-breaking few from getting their hands on a gun in the first place.

• First, we should begin by enforcing laws that are already on the books. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System is the filter that's supposed to stop the wrong people from getting their hands on a gun. Bipartisan legislation four years ago was supposed to strengthen this system, but it hasn't been properly implemented. It relies on data supplied by states - but that data is often incomplete and inadequate. We must do better.

• Second, we should in fact reward the states that provide the best data - and therefore do the most to protect our citizens.

• Third, we should make the system faster and nimbler. We should provide an instant, accurate, comprehensive and consistent system for background checks to sellers who want to do the right thing, and make sure that criminals can't escape it.

Porous background checks are bad for police officers, for law-abiding citizens and for the sellers themselves. If we're serious about keeping guns away from someone who's made up his mind to kill, then we can't allow a situation where a responsible seller denies him a weapon at one store, but he effortlessly buys the same gun someplace else.

Clearly, there's more we can do to prevent gun violence. But I want this to at least be the beginning of a new discussion on how we can keep America safe for all our people.

I know some aren't interested in participating. Some will say that anything short of the most sweeping anti-gun legislation is a capitulation to the gun lobby. Others will predictably cast any discussion as the opening salvo in a wild-eyed scheme to take away everybody's guns. And such hyperbole will become the fodder for overheated fundraising letters.

But I have more faith in the American people than that. Most gun-control advocates know that most gun owners are responsible citizens. Most gun owners know that the word "commonsense" isn't a code word for "confiscation." And none of us should be willing to remain passive in the face of violence or resigned to watching helplessly as another rampage unfolds on television.

As long as those whose lives are shattered by gun violence don't get to look away and move on, neither can we.

We owe the victims of the tragedy in Tucson and the countless unheralded tragedies each year nothing less than our best efforts - to seek consensus, to prevent future bloodshed, to forge a nation worthy of our children's futures.


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1 posted on 03/13/2011 7:26:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Screw you, you SOB!


2 posted on 03/13/2011 7:28:15 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (They don't need to do another 911. They have BHO and the Fleebaggers.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good time to pitch anti-nuke policies too? /s


3 posted on 03/13/2011 7:30:22 PM PDT by Gene Eric (*** Jesus ***)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We owe the victims of the tragedy in Tucson and the countless unheralded tragedies each year nothing less than our best efforts - to seek consensus, to prevent future bloodshed, to forge a nation worthy of our children's futures.

Snake oil salesman.

4 posted on 03/13/2011 7:30:26 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (They don't need to do another 911. They have BHO and the Fleebaggers.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m stunned. /sarc.


5 posted on 03/13/2011 7:30:44 PM PDT by CommieCutter (Promote Liberal Extinction: Support gay marriage and abortion!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They left out about the failure of the local sheriffs department, wonder why???


6 posted on 03/13/2011 7:31:10 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: TribalPrincess2U

DEPARTMENT_OF_PRECOGNITION_PING!


7 posted on 03/13/2011 7:31:49 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Marx, Stalin, Hitler, Castro, Chavez, Pol Pot and every other Commie Democrat including Clinton and Carter want to restrict firearms.

Obama is merely a Marxist liar.


8 posted on 03/13/2011 7:31:54 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We MUST???? He is musting me again I see. FUBO


9 posted on 03/13/2011 7:32:18 PM PDT by ColdOne
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

FUBO


10 posted on 03/13/2011 7:33:19 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: TribalPrincess2U

never let a crisis go to waste


11 posted on 03/13/2011 7:33:33 PM PDT by manc (Shame on all who voted for the repeal of DADT, who supported it or never tried to stop it. Traitors)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

our potus is a lying piece of excrement.

another person, a radical muslim soldier in our own armed forces killed many more and represents a helluva bigger threat to our country than the nutjob in arizona.

the the muslim in chief will not do anything about that.

nobama sucks.


12 posted on 03/13/2011 7:33:58 PM PDT by jbp1 (be nice now)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

FUBO....... Go right ahead Buckwheat, flip the switch, pull the pin, roll the dice. Just know that you may very well not like the outcome and you won’t be able to stop it.

Don’t let fear and common sense hold you back, boy. Quit talking about it, just follow your heart, a$$hole.


13 posted on 03/13/2011 7:34:25 PM PDT by Gator113 (I'll be voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Okay, Barack, let’s talk about all the gun violence perpetrated by the youth gangs on the south side of Chicago. Let’s talk about the gun violence perpetrated by the youth gangs on the west side of Chicago.

We talk about gun violence in general terms, without talking about those who are perpetrating much of the violence.

Are we allowed to talk about the feral youth gangs, who settle all slights, real and imagined, at the barrel of a gun?

I know that not all murders are committed by gangs, but, just saying, that a major part of gun crimes and murder in this country are never discussed in specifics.

I assume that due to political correctness, we can’t talk about the gangs and guns. We can decry gun violence in general terms, without talking about some specific categories of these crimes.


14 posted on 03/13/2011 7:34:50 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: org.whodat

Didn’t the kids mother work for the county or something??


15 posted on 03/13/2011 7:34:54 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“common sense” are Lib code words used to try and circumvent the constitution.


16 posted on 03/13/2011 7:35:30 PM PDT by stylin19a
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I'm willing to bet that responsible, law-abiding gun owners agree that we should be able to keep an irresponsible, law-breaking few - dangerous criminals and fugitives, for example - from getting their hands on a gun in the first place.

Add union members (you know, the kind who engage in violence and issue death threats), folks who REALLY belong on a public internet registry somewhere, and you might get a little grudging agreement.

But let's be blunt. The folks you don't want to have guns are going to get them anyway. The ONLY purpose of restricting gun ownership is to deny everyone's Second Amendment rights.

If they're too dangerous to possess a gun, they're too dangerous to be on the street.

17 posted on 03/13/2011 7:36:04 PM PDT by Clint Williams (America -- a great idea, didn't last. The only reasonable response to jihad is Crusade.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ok... here’s our agreement.. you keep your hands and nose out of our guns.. and we won’t SHOW YOU how they WORK


18 posted on 03/13/2011 7:37:42 PM PDT by gwilhelm56 (To anger a Christian, Lie to them. To anger a muslim, tell them the TRUTH!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Guns for me but not for thee bump.


19 posted on 03/13/2011 7:40:37 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Welcome to the USA - where every day is Backwards Day!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We should start by throwing the heads of the ATF in prison for allowing illegal gun sales to the Mexican drug lords.


20 posted on 03/13/2011 7:40:45 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

you’d have thought this turd had stirred up enough pooh up til NOW.


21 posted on 03/13/2011 7:41:12 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Liz
First, we should begin by enforcing laws that are already on the books.

Wow. The rookie Hussein will be ALL OVER illegal immigration, voter intimidation, repeal of Commiecare™ and drilling in the gulf. I look forward to it.

22 posted on 03/13/2011 7:41:40 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hey Barack!
When are you going to express similar sentiments regarding Major Nassan, and the Ft. Hood shooting?

It was YOUR refusal to acknowledge the nation’s problems with radical Islam the created an environment where none of his RED FLAG behavior was allowed to be addressed.

If you want to address this countries refusal to institutionalize the mentally ill, go ahead.
Just leave the 2d Amendment alone!


23 posted on 03/13/2011 7:42:11 PM PDT by G Larry
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A good time to disarm and defund politicians.


24 posted on 03/13/2011 7:43:23 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"However, I believe that if common sense prevails, we can get beyond wedge issues and stale political debates to find a sensible, intelligent way to make the United States of America a safer, stronger place."

How about trying to follow the U.S. Constitution and ENFORCING THE LAWS that are already in place? Over 6 million registered gun owners DID NOT commit a crime today. GET OVER IT.

25 posted on 03/13/2011 7:43:23 PM PDT by Mobilemitter (We must learn to fin >-)> for ourselves.........)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Molon Labe you Nazi sophist bastard.


26 posted on 03/13/2011 7:43:23 PM PDT by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hey Skippy! How ‘bout we worry about REAL PROBLEMS like jobs and the economy and knock off the screwing around with the Bill or Rights?!


27 posted on 03/13/2011 7:43:57 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Look for the union label and just say, NO!)
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To: G Larry

Hey Barack!
When are you going to express similar sentiments regarding Major Nidal Hassan, and the Ft. Hood shooting?

It was YOUR refusal to acknowledge the nation’s problems with radical Islam that created an environment where none of his RED FLAG behavior was allowed to be addressed.

If you want to address this countries refusal to institutionalize the mentally ill, go ahead.
Just leave the 2d Amendment alone!


28 posted on 03/13/2011 7:45:15 PM PDT by G Larry
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Most gun-control advocates know that most gun owners are responsible citizens.

Most gun-control advocates are liars that aren't worth the sack of excrement of which they are made.

29 posted on 03/13/2011 7:45:59 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Americans by and large rightly refrained from finger-pointing

So is he saying that his supporters aren't Americans, or he just exhibiting willful amnesia again?

30 posted on 03/13/2011 7:46:35 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Give me an Author. Without that it is nothing,


31 posted on 03/13/2011 7:48:25 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Wondered when he'd start grabbing the guns again.

It won't work this time, either, Obama.

It keeps your nearly-perfect record of failure alive.

32 posted on 03/13/2011 7:48:30 PM PDT by Lazamataz (NPR is the ACORN of the media world.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We don't need any more gun control.

We do need more criminal control.

That would naturally include foreigners breaking the law by sneaking across the border or overstaying their visas.


33 posted on 03/13/2011 7:48:36 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("Our country's founders cherished liberty, not democracy." -- Ron Paul)
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To: eyedigress

The author is Barack Obama. Follow the link for confirmation.


34 posted on 03/13/2011 7:50:14 PM PDT by Lazamataz (NPR is the ACORN of the media world.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Um, clueless idiot in chief:

How about drilling for some oil?


35 posted on 03/13/2011 7:50:29 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Palin / Trump 2012 - America First)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

OK, Secret Service first. Put Dear Leader’s safety where his trash talking mouth is.


36 posted on 03/13/2011 7:50:29 PM PDT by MtnClimber
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Every single day, America is robbed of more futures. It has awful consequences for our society. And as a society, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to put a stop to it.

Stop Abortion NOW!

Oh, that’s right he doesn’t care about that.


37 posted on 03/13/2011 7:50:48 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What do you mean “we” pinko man?


38 posted on 03/13/2011 7:53:27 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All
"President Obama: We must seek agreement on gun reforms "


39 posted on 03/13/2011 7:53:46 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It is already against the law for the mentally incompetent to buy a firearm. The only new law that might help is to make it easier to adjudicate people mentally incompetent. That’s a new mental health law not a new gun law. Is that what you’re proposing 0bummer?


40 posted on 03/13/2011 7:54:34 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: Mobilemitter
Over 6 million registered gun owners DID NOT commit a crime today.

If those folks have registered themselves as a gun owners, they are pretty much playing obama's game already.

41 posted on 03/13/2011 7:55:28 PM PDT by farmguy
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To: Sacajaweau
yes, cops were giving the pervert a free pass cause they knew his mom.
42 posted on 03/13/2011 8:00:20 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Sacajaweau
yes, cops were giving the pervert a free pass cause they knew his mom.
43 posted on 03/13/2011 8:00:32 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What we need more than gun reforms is sentencing reforms. Currently, something like 1% of all homicides are punished with a death sentence. I’d like to see that number rise to 50%. It would also be nice to expedite the trial, sentencing and appeals procedures for capital crimes. Singapore completes the whole process in 2 years. Its homicide rate per 100,000 people is 1% of ours.


44 posted on 03/13/2011 8:00:48 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

After seeing the total destruction in Japan, does anyone not realize this orderly and comfortable life can be turned into a primitive jungle in an instant?


45 posted on 03/13/2011 8:02:06 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg ("I don't think they want my respect; I think they want my submission." - Flemming Rose)
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To: Lazamataz
Should that not be applied. Does Obama think we are so overwhelmed with his bullshit we can't take anymore...... tt

Bring it Kenya child, you have the reigns but you sure as hell don't have the horse.

46 posted on 03/13/2011 8:03:28 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hey nobama, you worthless POS, what kills more Americans each day, guns or abortion?

Huh?


47 posted on 03/13/2011 8:04:20 PM PDT by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: Mobilemitter
Over 6 million registered gun owners DID NOT commit a crime today. GET OVER IT.

Neither did the 94 million law-abiding gun owners who aren't registered.

48 posted on 03/13/2011 8:04:43 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

The 2nd Amendment is my agreement nothing less.


49 posted on 03/13/2011 8:06:04 PM PDT by Americanexpat (Everytime I see that guy's face ot)
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50 posted on 03/13/2011 8:06:21 PM PDT by TheCause ("that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States")
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