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President Obama Calls On Americans to Speak Out About Gun Violence Legislation

At a White House event with families of gun violence victims, President Obama made a strong plea to Americans to speak out to their legislators in support of "common sense" gun control measures put forward by Senator Harry Reid.  Such measures include expanded background checks, gun trafficking legislation, and funding for school security.

 

He said that most Americans outside of Washington, including gun owners, don't consider these measures to be controversial.

 

Noting with concern reports suggesting that American's interest in protecting children from gun violence has waned since last December's Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, the President passionately admonished,  "I want to make sure every American is listening today.  Less than 100 days ago that happened, the entire country was shocked and the entire country pledged to do something about it. - shame on us if we've forgotten!"  He also further warmed that, "There are powerful forces  on the other side doing everything they can... to get people to just forget about it," by which he meant the National Rifle Association and its allies in Congress.

 

Repeating his favorite mantra that "Nothing is more powerful than millions of voices calling for change," Obama called for all concerned Americans– especially gun owners– to speak up and make themselves heard, adding "We need everybody to remember how we felt 100 days ago, and make sure that we said at that time wasn't just a bunch of platitudes... that we meant it."