The White House today announced that President Obama plans to campaign for the assault weapons ban after he returns from his trip to Israel.
According to the Associated Press, Obama will travel outside of Washington D.C. to “rally support for the measures, including the assault weapons ban.”
Obama focused his weekly address on the Senate’s gun control efforts, reminding Americans of the Sandy Hook massacre.
“It has now been three months since the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut,” Obama said. “Three months since we lost 20 innocent children and six dedicated adults who had so much left to give. Three months since we, as Americans, began asking ourselves if we’re really doing enough to protect our communities and keep our children safe.”
Obama praised the assault weapons ban pushed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein D-Calif. and called for a vote for the measure, even though Majority Leader Harry Reid D-Nev. dropped it from the Senate gun control bill.
“These ideas shouldn’t be controversial – they’re common sense,” Obama said. “They’re supported by a majority of the American people. And I urge the Senate and the House to give each of them a vote.”