Obama: 'We Don't Have to Agree' on Guns
President Obama presses his gun controls in Minnesota
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 4, 2013 3:03 PM CST
President Barack Obama is applauded prior to speaking about his gun violence proposals, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at the Minneapolis Police Department's Special Operations Center in Minneapolis.   (Jim Mone)

(Newser) – With his gun proposals dividing Congress, President Barack Obama conceded today the challenges he faces in winning support for measures ranging from criminal checks on gun buyers to an assault weapons ban. But, he declared: "We don't have to agree on everything to agree it's time to do something." Speaking at the Minneapolis Police Department's Special Operations Center in Minneapolis, Minn., Obama argued that there's bipartisan support for universal background checks and for gun trafficking laws. But, acknowledging the political challenges he faces, he would say only that the assault weapons ban deserves a vote in Congress.

"Changing the status quo is never easy," Obama said. "This will be no exception. The only way we can reduce gun violence in this county is if the American people decide it's important, if you decide it's important—parents and teachers, police officers and pastors, hunters and sportsmen, Americans of every background stand up and say, 'This time, it's got to be different.'" Before his remarks, Obama held a roundtable discussion at the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center, speaking with law enforcement and community leaders. Ahead of the trip, the White House released a photo of the president skeet shooting at Camp David, the presidential retreat. Click for more.

View 1 more image

Copyright 2016 Newser, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. AP contributed to this report.

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Obama: 'We Don't Have to Agree' on Guns is...
10%
6%
2%
42%
3%
37%
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 3 of 41 comments
WeThePpl
Feb 5, 2013 12:01 PM CST
How the newspapers,TV media, & education brainwash "WE THE PEOPLE" : "We can get you to believe anything as long as we say, 'A NEW STUDY SHOWS' before what ever we say." POLES SURVEYS EXPERT Quotes TAKE a lie and turn it into the truth; and take the truth & turning it into a lie w/o ever deliniating betwee the two. SLANTING the facts. (4 ways) OMISSION (lie by omission) (factual omission) DISTORTION OUTRIGHT falsification (including key facts) EMPHASIS RESPONDING to criticism SPIN This is just the tip of the iceberg revealed in the book: "JOURNALISTIC FRAUD" by Bob Kohn (2003) I highly recommend this book, it definitely opens your eyes/mind.
KimKendall
Feb 5, 2013 6:50 AM CST
obama is an example of an ivory tower academic. he has no restraint or understanding about real life issues. that is why he is a controlled failure to america
matthewdear
Feb 5, 2013 5:32 AM CST
Yep, we don't have to agree. And yes, more folks should be interested in changing their kids, friends, spouses, thoughts on gun violence. But that doesn't mean we outlaw everything we are scared of. If we tackled the glorification of guns here in the US, as well as the mental health problems that go unchecked, we would be a lot further down the road that liberals say they want to be. Did the war on drugs do anything? Mexico has outlawed guns totally, and they have astronomic gun violence numbers. Same with Chicago. We need to change from within, not legislate against our fears against the rights of our fellow human beings. Outlaw weapons and you essentially disarm the American public. Why do folks buy AR15s and the like? Because they are good at what they are designed for. Handguns are not as good at target acquisition, and range. People don't buy them because they are cool, or want to feel baddass, it's because when your life or loved one's lives are on the line, you want to stop the bad guy immediately. And this is not coming from an owner of one of these, but I can see they point owners make. If you are gunshy, go down to the local gunshop or range. You will meet kind, responsible owners and it will change your mind on this subject immediately. I did, I had to find out what was up with owners and their guns. And it wasn't "don't tread on me", "they took ur jobbbs", hill billy shit, I actually met moms and dads that CARE about their families.