Barack Hussein Obama vowed on Wednesday to pursue “common-sense” gun control measures.
Speaking at the National Urban League Convention in New Orleans, Obama said he would work with both parties in Congress to try to achieve a “consensus around violence reduction” after the mass shooting at Colorado movie theater last week.
Obama said he had already stepped up background checks on those who buy weapons in the wake of last year’s shooting in Tucson, Arizona, that left six people dead and Democrat congresswoman Gabby Giffords wounded.
“But even though we have taken these actions, they’re not enough. Other steps to reduce violence have been met with opposition in Congress. This has been true for some time, particularly when it touches on the issue of guns,” he said.
“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.
“A mentally unbalanced individual should not be able to get his hands on a gun so easily. These steps shouldn’t be controversial. They should be common-sense.”
A group of Democrat lawmakers pushed to ban “assault weapons” and “high-capacity gun magazines” Tuesday, but congressional leaders are unwilling to touch the volatile issue.