Reaction to Obama's gun control proposals

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 16, 2013 at 2:12 pm •  Published: January 16, 2013
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President Barack Obama unveiled sweeping proposals to curb gun violence, including calls for Congress to pass universal background checks and an assault-weapons ban, plus 23 executive actions that don't require congressional approval. Quotes about the proposals:

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"I have no illusions about what we're up against or how hard the task is in front of us. ... We should do as much as we can, as quickly as we can. And we cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good." — Vice President Joe Biden.

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"I am committed to ensuring that the Senate will consider legislation that addresses gun violence and other aspects of violence in our society early this year." — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

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"Attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation. Only honest, law-abiding gun owners will be affected and our children will remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy." — National Rifle Association.

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"There's an extraordinary disconnect between what the American public wants — including gun owners and NRA members — and what our elected officials are doing about it." — Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

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"Nothing the president is proposing would have stopped the massacre at Sandy Hook. ... Rather than sweeping measures that make it harder for responsible, law-abiding citizens to purchase firearms, we should focus on the root causes of gun violence and keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill." — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

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"There's a slow-motion Sandy Hook going on in every community in America.... The center of the gun debate should not be Washington. It should be the streets of America, where ...there's a much deeper consensus than there is in the halls of Congress." — Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.



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