Posted byCNN’s Kevin Liptak
Washington (CNN) - His upcoming legislative push for tighter restrictions on firearms won’t ignore the concerns of gun owners, President Barack Obama said in a wide-ranging interview published Sunday.
He pointed specifically to America‘s hunting and shooting tradition, which he said was also part of the tradition at Camp David, Maryland, the presidential retreat.
“Up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time,” Obama said in the interview with The New Republic. He was responding to a question about whether he had ever fired a gun.
While his teenage daughters haven’t partaken in skeet shooting – a sport where participants fire shotguns to break airborne clay disks – he has brought guests with him, he said in the interview.
“I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations,” he said. “And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake.” FULL ARTICLE
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Just over a month after forming a task force aimed at reducing gun violence, President Obama will formally announce a “package of concrete proposals” for doing so tomorrow, the White House announced today.
In a White House press briefing today, spokesman Jay Carney declined to outline exactly what Mr. Obama’s plan would entail, but noted that it would reflect the president’s desire for a “comprehensive approach,” as well as specific legislative actions he has called on before — including reinstating the assault weapons ban, a ban on high-capacity magazine clips, and expanded background checks for gun owners.
“The president certainly hopes that out of the tragedy of Newtown we can achieve progress towards reducing gun violence in this country,” Carney said. “He believes that we can no longer stand by without taking action…Achieving some of the goals that he has already set might be difficult. Because they’re difficult does not mean they should not be pursued.” FULL ARTICLE
By Justin Sink
President Obama will “actively support” efforts by Democrats to reinstate a federal ban on assault weapons next year, the White House announced on Tuesday.
Press secretary Jay Carney said the president would back Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) when she introduces legislation at the opening of the next Congress to ban certain assault weapons in the United States.
Carney said the president would also support other gun-control efforts, including legislation to close the so-called “gun show” loophole and prevent
English: Jay Carney, American journalist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
the sale of high-capacity ammunition clips.
The president has reached out to lawmakers who have expressed a new willingness to consider gun restrictions in the wake of Friday’s mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., that claimed the lives of 27 people, including 20 children. Carney said Obama has been ”heartened” by the willingness to consider such measures from Democrats who have been strong supporters of gun rights.
Obama spoke on Tuesday with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a long-time member of the National Rifle Association who this week said “everything should be on the table” to address gun violence. FULL ARTICLE