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President Obama Will ‘Vigorously’ Pursue Assault Weapons Ban And Accomplish Nothing

COMMENTARY | President Barack Obama has promised to “vigorously” pursue a “meaningful” assault weapons ban, and will accomplish absolutely nothing if he manages to get it.

“What you can count on is that the things that I’ve said in the past – the belief that we have to have stronger background checks, that we can do a much better job in terms of keeping these magazine clips with high capacity out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them, an assault weapons ban that’s meaningful – those are things I continue to believe make sense,” Obama said during a press conference attended by NBC News.

“Will all of them get through this Congress? I don’t know,” he added. “But what’s uppermost in my mind is making sure that I’m honest with the American people and with members of Congress about what I think will work.”

“My starting point is to focus on what makes sense, what works,” Obama said. “What should we be doing to make sure that our children are safe and that we’re reducing the incidence of gun violence? And I think we can do that in a sensible way that comports with the Second Amendment.”

Obama also had some “comforting” words for law-abiding citizens who also happen to own those scary assault weapons:

“Those of us who look at this problem have repeatedly said that responsible gun owners — people who have a gun for protection, for hunting, for sportsmanship – they don’t have anything to worry about,” he said. “The issue here is not whether or not we believe in the Second Amendment. The issue is are there some sensible steps that we can take to make sure that somebody like the individual in Newtown can’t walk into a school and gun down a bunch of children in a shockingly rapid fashion.”

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