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Dear BCOZ:

Thank you for taking the time to write. I have heard from many Americans regarding firearms policy and gun violence in our Nation, and I appreciate your perspective. From Aurora to Newtown to the streets of Chicago, we have seen the devastating effects gun violence has on our American family. I join countless others in grieving for all those whose lives have been taken too soon by gun violence.



Like the majority of Americans, I believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. In this country, we have a strong tradition of gun ownership that has been handed down from generation to generation. Hunting and sport shooting are part of our national heritage. Yet, even as we acknowledge that almost all gun owners in America are responsible, when we look at the devastation caused by gun violence—whether in high-profile tragedies or the daily heartbreak that plagues our cities—we must ask ourselves whether we are doing enough.



While reducing gun violence is a complicated challenge, protecting our children from harm should not be a divisive one. Most gun owners agree that we can respect the Second Amendment while keeping an irresponsible, law-breaking few from inflicting harm on a massive scale. Most also agree that if we took commonsense steps to curtail gun violence, there would be fewer atrocities like the one that occurred in Newtown. We will not be able to stop every violent act, but if there is even one thing we can do to reduce gun violence—if even one life can be saved—then we have an obligation to try.



That is why I asked Vice President Joe Biden to identify concrete steps we can take to keep our children safe, help prevent mass shootings, and reduce the broader epidemic of gun violence in this country. He met with over 200 groups representing a broad cross-section of Americans and heard their best ideas. I have put forward a specific set of proposals based off of his efforts, and in the days ahead, I intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make them a reality.



My plan gives law enforcement, schools, mental health professionals, and the public health community some of the tools they need to help reduce gun violence. These tools include strengthening the background check system, helping schools hire more resource officers and counselors and develop emergency preparedness plans, and ensuring mental health professionals know their options for reporting threats of violence. And I directed the Centers for Disease Control to study the best ways to reduce gun violence—because it is critical that we understand the science behind this public health crisis.



As important as these steps are, they are not a substitute for action from Congress. To make a real and lasting difference, members of Congress must also act. As part of my comprehensive plan, I have called on them to pass some specific proposals right away. First, it is time to require a universal background check for anyone trying to buy a gun. Second, Congress should renew the 10-round limit on magazines and reinstate and strengthen the assault weapons ban. We should get tougher on those who buy guns with the purpose of selling them to criminals, and we should impose serious punishments on anyone who helps them do this.



These are reasonable, commonsense measures that have the support of the majority of the American people. But change will not come unless the American people demand it from their lawmakers. Now is the time to do the right thing for our children, our communities, and the country we love. We owe the victims of heartbreaking national tragedies and the countless unheralded tragedies each year nothing less than our best effort—to seek consensus in order to save lives and ensure a brighter future for our children.



Thank you, again, for writing. I encourage you to visit www.WhiteHouse.gov/NowIsTheTime to learn more about my Administration’s approach.

Sincerely,


Barack Obama


 

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I am sure we know all too much about his administrational approach!
 

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There is nothing wrong with the objective of his ideals but his methods of obtaining the ideals are nothing more than a pipedream at best and devious and even criminal at the worst. You aren’t going to stop criminals from being criminals with additional laws and restrictions on law abiding citizens.

If he really wants to stop the mass killing they need to pass laws that forbid the media from ever speaking or publishing the name of the whack jobs that commit these atrocities. They have already decided they wanted to be dead but they want to be remembered so they do something heinous to get their name all over the world. I say bologna, once they do something heinous their name is never used again and all that gets used by the media in their reporting is a 20 year-old madman or 40 year-old nut case did this and that before taking his own life or being killed by police.

If they want to deal with gun violence or crime in the cities then start enforcing existing laws and all the way to the point of executing a lot more of our violent criminals.

Those two approaches alone would do a lot more to solve the problem then additional background checks, magazine restrictions or anything else the President, his minion political buddies or the know it all media have come up with.

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It's not just about guns anymore. The roles are reversing, and our government is not representing the people anymore, they're about carrying out an agenda that benefits them, taking control of everything. The liberal mindset is disturbing to say the least. The schools are forcing liberalism down our childrens throats. The government is able to spy into every aspect of our lives, right down to personal emails. They want to take away our right to own a gun, to defend ourselves against violent criminals. They want to tax us to death. Gas, cigarettes, bullets, or whatever they say isn't good for us. Ram universal healthcare down our throats. Ban plastic bottles, soda pop. Changing school lunch programs, telling us they are trying to fight obesity. Every time a hurricane or earthquake, or any catastrophe takes place in the world, you can bet it will effect the price of fuel, and food or what ever they want it to. Meanwhile, we are in tough times right now, so the government keeps telling us, while the stock market is at an all time high. Give numerous foreign countries billions in aid. All the while these pigs are sitting in Washington living like fat cats, throwing Memphis soul parties for themselves, spending millions on numerous vacations, golfing with Tiger Woods. Go on any liberal news website, read the comments to any story they publish. The liberal servants that worship, and I do mean worship this president is absolutely disturbing.

They just want to make the world a safer place? For who?

When are we going to wake up?
 

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I read about a nationwide gun owner work stopage. Seems it will shut down the country, its worht it to protect our 2nd amendment. If all gun owners of this nation stay home a week, they wont be worring about guns. And no bullets will be fired.
 

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We get some pretty fancy talk in this country about how eight years olds can defend themselves against nothing and how we'll get around to banning everything.
 
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