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Reaction to Obama's gun control proposals

By The Associated Press Published: January 16, 2013


“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.


“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.


“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.


“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.


“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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