Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP President Obama called for tougher background checks when purchasing guns.

It won’t satisfy Mayor Bloomberg, but President  Obama called for some gun-control tweaks Wednesday, including more thorough  background checks.

While he called hunting and shooting part of the nation’s “cherished  national heritage,” Obama added that “a lot of gun owners would agree that  AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals.”

“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,”  he said during a speech to a supportive audience  National Urban League.  “That a mentally unbalanced individual should not be able to get his hands on a  gun so easily.”

“These steps shouldn’t be controversial,” Obama added. “They should be  common sense.”

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President Obama called for tougher background checks when purchasing guns.

Obama’s speech marked his first public comments calling for new gun  restrictions since last week’s massacre in Aurora, Colo. The deadly mass  shooting during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” prompted Bloomberg  and others to demand Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney take a tougher stand on gun  control.Romney, however, insisted on Wednesday that new laws wouldn’t prevent future  violence.

“Political implications, legal implications are something which will be  sorted out down the road,” Romney told NBC News during an interview from London,  where he is beginning a three-nation international tour. “But I don’t happen to  believe that America needs new gun laws.”

But later, he appeared to suggest that accused Aurora killer James Holmes  bought his guns illegally, when in fact he bought them through legal  channels.

“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,” Romney said.  “This person shouldn’t have had any kind of weapons and bombs and other devices  and it was illegal for him to have many of those things already. But he had  them.”

Source: NY Daily News


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