HARTFORD, Connecticut -- President Obama traveled to Connecticut today to make his case with the American people to push forward with an assault weapons ban.
"We have to tell Congress it’s time to restore the ban on military-style assault weapons, and a 10-round limit for magazines, to make it harder for a gunman to fire 154 bullets into his victims in less than five minutes," Obama said.
Frustrated by a growing list of Republican senators who are promising to filibuster any gun control legislation that comes before the U.S. Senate, Obama called on lawmakers to put a gun control bill to a vote.
"Some folks back in Washington are already floating the idea that they may use political stunts to prevent votes on any of these reforms," Obama said. "Think about that. They’re not just saying they’ll vote “no” on ideas that almost all Americans support. They’re saying they’ll do everything they can to even prevent any votes on these provisions. They’re saying your opinion doesn’t matter. And that’s not right."
Last month, Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rand Paul (R-KY) joined Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) expressing opposition to any legislation with additional restrictions on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.
“We, the undersigned, intend to oppose any legislation that would infringe on the American people’s constitutional right to bear arms, or on their ability to exercise this right without being subjected to government surveillance,” the senators wrote. “The Second Amendment to the Constitution protects citizens’ right to self-defense. It speaks to the history’s lesson that government cannot be in all places at all times, and history’s warning about the oppression of a government that tries.”
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