Obama Responds to Gun Petitions on YouTube
Meanwhile, Michelle writes tender letter to Newtown
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 21, 2012 10:25 AM CST
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(Newser) – For some reason, the Death Star petition didn't get this kind of treatment. But President Obama responded personally via YouTube video today to the 32 separate gun control petitions that cropped up on his "We the People" site in the wake of the Newtown school shooting, the Atlantic Wire reports. Obama said he has called for "common sense legislation," including banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. "If there's even one thing we can do as a country to protect our children, we have a responsibility to try," he said.

It wasn't the only personal touch from Pennsylvania Avenue either. Michelle Obama has released a heartfelt open letter to Newtown, which you can read at the Hartford Courant. "As a mother of two young daughters, my heart aches for you and your families. Like so many Americans, I wish there were something—anything—I could do or say to ease your anguish," she writes, promising that her husband will "use all the powers of his office" to try to prevent future tragedies.

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Dec 23, 2012 11:20 PM CST
This country does need Fast and Furious gun control action.
Dec 22, 2012 9:03 AM CST
The right to own a gun was written when to fire a gun first you had to put in the powder, then the lead ball that you had to make yourself, then the wadding, pack it down with a push rod and then fire through a barrel that sometimes sent your shot to where you were aiming. Assault rifles should be banned, as should every rifle that is designed for anything but hunting for food, which is a basic gun. Handguns should be limited to 6 shot revolvers, do away with clips that can hold 20+ bullets for a gun designed for 10, and for that matter all of that type of gun.
Dec 21, 2012 8:03 PM CST
Maybe this is really the root of the problem, instead of guns themselves. http://youtu.be/UhO0Pul_FcE