Obama backs new gun reforms, as Newtown grieves
Published on Jan 15, 2013 6:08 AM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama pledged on Monday to vigorously pursue "sensible" gun control but, a month after a school massacre traumatized America, questioned whether tough new laws could pass Congress.
Grieving relatives of some of the 20 children gunned down in their classes in Newtown, Connecticut on Dec 14, meanwhile vowed there should never be a "next time" and added heartbreaking heft to the fight against gun violence.
Mr Obama said that Vice-President Joe Biden had now delivered "common sense" reform recommendations after meeting gun control advocates, firearms lobby groups, mental health experts and software and movie industry officials.
The president said he would lay out his response to the American people later in the week, but backed a renewal of a ban on assault weapons, curbs on high capacity magazines and better background checks for gun owners.
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