It won’t satisfy Mayor Bloomberg, but PresidentÂ Obama called for some gun-control tweaks Wednesday, including more thoroughÂ background checks.
While he called hunting and shooting part of the nation’s “cherishedÂ national heritage,” Obama added that “a lot of gun owners would agree thatÂ 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 everythingÂ possible to prevent criminals and fugitives from purchasing weapons, and weÂ should check someone’s criminal record before they can check out a gun seller,”Â he said during a speech to a supportive audienceÂ National Urban League.Â “That a mentally unbalanced individual should not be able to get his hands on aÂ gun so easily.”
“These steps shouldn’t be controversial,” Obama added. “They should beÂ common sense.”
Obama’s speech marked his first public comments calling for new gunÂ restrictions since last week’s massacre in Aurora, Colo. The deadly massÂ shooting during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” prompted BloombergÂ and others to demand Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney take a tougher stand on gunÂ control.Romney, however, insisted on Wednesday that new laws wouldn’t prevent futureÂ violence.
“Political implications, legal implications are something which will beÂ sorted out down the road,” Romney told NBC News during an interview from London,Â where he is beginning a three-nation international tour. “But I don’t happen toÂ believe that America needs new gun laws.”
But later, he appeared to suggest that accused Aurora killer James HolmesÂ bought his guns illegally, when in fact he bought them through legalÂ channels.
“A lot of what this young man did was clearly against the law. But the factÂ that it was against the law did not prevent it from happening,” Romney said.Â “This person shouldn’t have had any kind of weapons and bombs and other devicesÂ and it was illegal for him to have many of those things already. But he hadÂ them.”
Source: NY Daily News