President Obama is going for gun bans and sale restrictions:
President Obama touched the third rail of guns here on Wednesday, pivoting off last weekâ€™s Colorado movie theater shootings to call for a â€œconsensus around violence reduction” in the country.
With the last public event of a four-day trip that started with a visit to the Aurora, Colo., hospital where almost two dozen victims were brought after the shootings, Obama threw his weight behind measures to strengthen background checks at gun shows and other efforts to keep weapons out of the hands of mentally-ill people.
â€œThese steps shouldnâ€™t be controversial, they should be common sense,â€ Obama said during the National Urban League conference. …
â€œBut I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldier and not in the hands of crooks. They belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities,â€ he added. …
â€œThereâ€™s talk of new reforms. Thereâ€™s talk of legislation. And too often those efforts are defeated by politics and by lobbying and eventually by the pull of our collective attention elsewhere. But what I said in the wake of Tucson is weâ€™re going to stay on this persistently.â€
Obama said he’d “continue to work with members of both parties and with religious groups and with civic organizations to arrive at a consensus around violence reduction.”
And with those comments, AK-47s will be backordered until the election.
UPDATE: Sean has the video.