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Obama wants gun violence measures passed in 2013

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 30, 2012 at 10:19 a.m.

— President Barack Obama is voicing skepticism about proposals to place armed guards at schools in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 first graders. He says he wants legislation aimed at containing gun violence passed next year.

In his most specific remarks about gun violence since the deadly assault at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Obama said he still supports increased background checks and bans on assault weapons and high capacity bullet magazines.

Obama made his remarks on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Six adults also died at the school. Authorities say the shooter killed himself and his mother at their home.

Obama said the Dec. 14 shooting was the worst day of his presidency. He vowed to put his “full weight” behind a legislative package.

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billg3112091102 says... December 30, 2012 at 1:18 p.m.

Let's see. We have armed guards at football games, hospitals, malls, and they have been in many schools for years. I just bet that if the President were to go to some high school to make a speech there would be several in the crowd armed to protect him. Why would we not want to protect children if we could? Most of the people who kill people in mass wouldn't give a rat's behind about gun laws. Rules are made for people who don't know how to think. I bet the citizens feel a lot better knowing an off duty policewoman stopped a potential mass murderer from killing several in the theater in Texas.

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RoyDaMercer says... December 30, 2012 at 2:59 p.m.

Don't worry; if we pass more laws it will cause all criminals to obey those laws! Haven't you seen that work already?

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... December 30, 2012 at 4:40 p.m.

How many Secret Service agents are protect his children?

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RonalFos says... December 30, 2012 at 5 p.m.

Obama needs Secret Service because of people like the writers above. Republicans and their henchmen have incited hatred for Obama and have stirred up a lot of fools who would kill him if they thought they had a chance. Laws don't stop people from doing bad things but it does slow them down. People run red lights often even with laws but there would be many more doing it and many more deaths if the laws weren't on the books. Just because a solution isn't perfect doesn't mean it shouldn't be tried.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... December 30, 2012 at 5:15 p.m.

How many Secret Service agents are protecting his children?

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Packman says... December 30, 2012 at 6:05 p.m.

All these anti-gun nuts are a bunch of spineless chickenspits. If they had any gnuts whatsoever instead of mealy-mouthing a meaningless ban on military platform guns and high capacity mags they would fight for a total ban of all firearms except for police and the military and confiscation of all existing privately owned firearms. Otherwise, the blood of the 20,000 or so young people killed by gun violence next year in America will be on their hands. Either put up or shut up, you lowlife cowards. C'mon, give it your best shot.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... December 30, 2012 at 6:36 p.m.

www*youtube*com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=n9ZvwPmjJu4 careful of which you challenge Packman.
“The armed persons at football games are professionally trained off duty police officers who sign up for the assignments.” So what.
“My father did that a lot.” BFD.
“This is not the same as a bunch of volunteer gun nuts encouraged by the NRA.” Careful stupid, some of those members are are combat veterans that have taken out multiple and very hostile targets.
Keep in mind, that any, any run of the mill police officer is just another uniformed civilian.

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PaulRevere says... December 30, 2012 at 7:14 p.m.

Many of these "volunteer gun nuts" are former police officers, military and firemen. Often, the same people that are called "heroes" by news media and real Americans are proud NRA members, and lawfully carry a weapon to protect themself and others from the wolves in society. Some of the posters on this page are starting to sound like they have a Brooklyn accent.

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FreeSpiritMan says... December 30, 2012 at 7:23 p.m.

Packman pissing upwind now with his blather about a ban and confiscation, of which no one is suggesting. He hopes to make moderates and liberals radicals like himself. If he and his ilk can scare and intimidate enough by thinking the worst is comming through legislation in the way of gun control that no gun control of any kind will pass. He and his FOX crowd "Give me liberty or give death" flag flying groups with their AR-15's slung over there shoulders at their tea party rallies will start becomming the empty chair Clint Eastwood was talking too at their convention. And we know what a hit that was.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... December 31, 2012 at 12:24 p.m.

Rude yes, stupid no. Now STFU and pay attention.
Every day somewhere in a city no matter how small or large, a first responder (Police, Fire and EMT) are receiving counseling of some sort due to seeing so much human carnage. This can be accumulative or mass as Sandy Hook. Most counsellings are conducted in house and off the record. And I bet half or so, are PTSD related, and they still do the job, and very well at it by the way. I say this from my experience from being a Auxiliary Deputy Sheriff at one time.
Having just read the Second Amendment again to insure that nothing has changed, and it has not. I found no “permission”, “ trained and certified as” nor “and for what purpose” clause as such.

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