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Citing latest shootings, Obama says must 'go back at' gun-control push

Published on Sep 22, 2013 11:33 AM
 
US President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washington Sept 21, 2013. Mr Obama has urged supporters to "go back at it" and pursue gun-control measures after mass shootings in Washington and Chicago in the past week put the spotlight back onto the problem of gun violence in the United States. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Barack Obama has urged supporters to "go back at it" and pursue gun-control measures after mass shootings in Washington and Chicago in the past week put the spotlight back onto the problem of gun violence in the United States.

Obama made passing tough gun laws a top priority after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in December, stunning the nation.

But Congress rejected his proposals to restrict sales of certain types of guns and require greater background checks.

Gun-rights groups opposed the measures, saying they would infringe on Americans' constitutional rights.

 
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