Reaction to Obama's gun control proposals

By The Associated Press Published: January 16, 2013

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“President Obama's series of gun control measures amount to an executive power grab that may please his political base but will not solve the problems at hand.” — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

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“We know we're not going to eliminate all gun violence, but certainly diminish the possibility of having another Newtown. … I believe all the major law enforcement organizations will support the administration. So this is a good day.” — New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

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“I truly believe that the will of the people makes a difference, and I'm calling on everyone to have the courage to stand up and help us make that difference. We should never again visit a tragedy such as we had in Newtown, Conn. It's time for us to make a change.” — E. Patricia Llodra, first selectwoman of Newtown, Conn.

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“We must take action. If you think that this cannot happen to you, and that you will never be touched by gun violence, you are fooling yourself.” — Sandy Phillips, mother of Jessica Ghawi, one of the 12 people killed last July at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.

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“My son is still partially paralyzed. You don't think that when I see him, how I know his life was changed forever? Or not to have a husband?” — Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., whose husband was killed and son was wounded in a 1993 mass shooting on a train.


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