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President Obama Continues His Newtown Gun Control Push

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  Original Published: 4/9/2013President Barack Obama called for tougher gun control laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, but it appears his measures have stalled in Congress. Andrew Spencer tells us what he's doing now to put pressure on lawmakers. President Obama is reaching out to the families of Newtown victims to get reluctant lawmakers to act. "We will not walk away from the promises we've made. We are determined as ever to do what must be done. In fact, I'm here to ask you to help me show that we can get it done," said Obama. The Senate is expected to debate proposed firearm legislation as early as this week. One proposal would expand background checks to gun shows and internet sales, but would not require these checks for private sales. The president invited a dozen Newtown families to Washington to lobby lawmakers for the next two days, in the hopes they will influence the conversation. "My expectations for Congress are high. I believe that with that same approach of love and logic Congress will be persuaded to act. I stand before you now and ask you to stand with me. With all the families. Those in Sandy Hook and those in all the other towns and cities across our great nation that have lost loved ones to gun violence," said Nicole Hockley, mother of a Sandy Hook shooting victim. Recent polls indicate an overwhelming majority of Americans want the background system to change, which the president stressed as he encouraged Americans to hold lawmakers accountable. "We have to tell Congress it's time to require a background check for anyone who wants to buy a gun so that people who are dangerous to themselves and others cannot get their hands on a gun. Let's make that happen," said Obama. Vice President Joe Biden, who led the gun control task force charged with recommendations, will deliver remarks on Tuesday.  
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