Source Talking Points Memo
“I, like most Americans, believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms,” Obama said. “But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals —that they belong on the battlefields of war and not on the streets of our cities.”
Obama said it should be harder for some buyers to find guns legally.
“I believe the majority of gun owners would agree that we should do everything possible to prevent criminals and fugitives from purchasing weapons. We should check someone’s criminal record before they can check out a gun seller. Many mentally unbalanced individuals should not be able to get his hands on a gun so easily,” he said. “These steps shouldn’t be controversial they should be common sense.”
“What I said in the wake of Tucson was that we were going to stay on this persistently. So we’ve been able to take some actions on our own, recognizing that it’s not always easy to get things through Congress these days,” Obama said.
He said his administration has been able to make background checks that precede a gun purchase “more through and more complete,” and said his administration has been in “the trenches” with local law enforcement and other groups to reduce gun violence in cities.