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Reaction to Obama's gun control proposals

By The Associated Press Published: January 16, 2013

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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“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 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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“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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