Children join the hundreds who gather for the “One Million Moms For Gun Control” rally held at City Hall on Monday, January 21, 2013 in New York City. Demonstrators are calling for reforms on gun control laws such as a ban on assault weapons following last December’s massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
Now is the time for action — not when another massacre occurs or communities lose more innocent Americans on street corners.
— President Barack Obama, Minneapolis, February 4, 2013
“We don’t have to agree on everything to agree it is time to do something,” Obama said in remarks at the Minneapolis Police Department’s Special Operations Center. “Each of us has a role to play.”
Any action taken may not prevent every massacre or shooting, “but if there’s one thing we can do, one life we can save, we’ve got an obligation to try.”
He reiterated his push for “common sense steps to prevent gun violence,” such as universal background checks, and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
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