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President Obama Responds To Gun Control Petition Posted On White House Website

On Friday, President Obama issued a video response to the gun control petition on the White House’s “We the People” website. With the petition getting a record a number of signatures — just over 197,000 as of this posting — Obama had a message: “We hear you.”

“Like the majority of Americans, I believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms,” Obama said in the video. “It’s encouraging that many gun owners have stepped up this week to say there are steps we can take to prevent more tragedies like the one in Newtown.”

The president then went on to speak about how he plans to tackle the problem:

“Here’s what I think we should do. This week I called on Congress to take up and pass common-sense legislation that has the support of the majority of the American people, including banning the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, and making sure criminals can’t take advantage of legal loopholes to get their hands on a gun.”

The petition asks the White House to “immediately address the issue of gun control through the introduction of legislation in Congress.”

“Powerful lobbying groups allow the ownership of guns to reach beyond the Constitution’s intended purpose of the right to bear arms,” the petition reads. “Therefore, Congress must act on what is stated law, and face the reality that access to firearms reaches beyond what the Second Amendment intends to achieve.”

Obama’s response below:

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