Obama calls for 'common sense' over guns

US President Barack Obama has said
he wants common-sense measures to
control guns, following last week's
cinema shooting that killed 12 people.
Mr Obama pledged to work with members
of both political parties and civic
organisations to reach a consensus on the
matter, but gave no details.
Mitt Romney, his Republican rival for the
presidency, said changing US gun laws
would not prevent such tragedies.
James Holmes, 24, is being held over the
shooting at the cinema in Aurora.
According to US media reports, Mr Holmes
sent a notebook describing a massacre to a
psychiatrist at his university.
Election focus?
Debate around gun control has featured very little during the US
presidential campaign which has mainly focused on the economy,
correspondents say.
In a speech to the National Urban League, an African-American group
in New Orleans, Mr Obama said he believed even most gun owners
would agree "that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the
hands of children".
"I believe the majority of gun owners would agree we should do
everything possible to prevent criminals and fugitives from purchasing
weapons. And we should check someone's criminal record before they
can check out a gun seller.
"A mentally unbalanced individual should not be able to get his hands
on a gun so easily. These steps shouldn't be controversial. They should
be common sense."
Mr Obama referred to a pattern of calling for tougher gun restrictions in
the wake of violent crimes, but not following through.
"Too often, those efforts are defeated by politics and by lobbying, and
eventually by the pull of our collective attention elsewhere."
In a TV interview in London, where he is attending the Olympics at the
beginning of a foreign trip, Mr Romney said he did not believe that
America needed new gun laws.
"A lot of what this... young man did was clearly against the law. But
the fact that it was against the law did not prevent it from happening,"
he said.

1 comment:

  1. 1 problem I have with d west is d fact that dey allow dia citizen to have firearms without anybody checkmating them....and when d day of horror comes, dey conderm d act...hmmm....well, dats my view...what's urs


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