Obama says US must act on gun violence, defends new gun control rules

I believe we can find ways to reduce gun violence in ways consistent with the Second Amendment, says US president


Reuters January 05, 2016
US President Barack Obama announces steps the administration is taking to reduce gun violence while delivering a statement in the East Room of the White House in Washington on January 5, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON DC: President Barack Obama made an emotional plea on Tuesday in defence of his administration's plan to increase background checks for buyers of firearms over the Internet and at gun shows, saying current exceptions do not make sense.

"We've created a system in which dangerous people are allowed to play by a different set of rules," Obama said in address in the White House East Room.

Obama said the new guidance is "not a plot to take away everyone's guns."

Obama to force through gun control measures

"I believe we can find ways to reduce gun violence in ways consistent with the Second Amendment," he said, referring to the constitutional right to bear arms.

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