President Obama has released excerpts of his planned speech in Colorado today, insisting that even American gun owners want more gun control.
“I’ve gotten stacks of letters from proud gun owners, whether they’re for sport, or protection, or collection, who tell me how deeply they cherish their rights, and don’t want them infringed upon – but they still want us to do something to stop the epidemic of gun violence,” Obama plans to say.
Obama will also praise Colorado for passing strict gun control laws such as a ban on ammunition magazines over 15 rounds and expanding background checks.
“Colorado has already chosen to do something about it,” Obama will say about the states new gun laws, noting that two of the worst shootings in recent history occurred in the state. “This is also a state that treasures its Second Amendment rights – a state of proud hunters and sportsmen, with a strong tradition of gun ownership that’s handed down from generation to generation with reverence and respect.”
Obama will again call for Congress to pass meaningful federal gun control laws.
“[E]very day we wait to do something about it, even more are stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun,” he will say.