President Barack Obama

[ABC News]

NEW ORLEANS — In his most extensive remarks on gun control since the tragedy in Tucson, President Obama tonight renewed his push to reduce gun violence, saying “AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals.”

Citing the massacre in Colorado and the “less publicized acts of violence” that plague the nation’s cities, the president told the National Urban League that steps to reduce gun violence “should not be controversial, they should be common sense.”

Following an “extraordinary heartbreaking tragedy” like the deadly shooting in Aurora, Colo., Obama said there is “always an outcry immediately after for action,” but that “too often those efforts are defeated by politics and by lobbying and eventually by the pull of our collective attention elsewhere.”


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