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Obama: Time to address American culture ‘that too often glorifies guns and violence’

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President Obama this morning issued a video response to a White House petition demanding more gun control – specifically mentioning America’s gun culture.

Obama signaled that although he believed in the Second Amendment, most Americans were lawful gun owners who would support his ideas for gun control.

“I am also betting that the majority — the vast majority — of responsible, law-abiding gun owners would be some of the first to say that we should be able to keep an irresponsible, law-breaking few from buying a weapon of war,” he said promoting the idea of an assault rifle ban and ending the sale of high capacity magazines. Obama added that he believed in better background checks, and closing the gun show loophole.

Obama also promised to address the culture in America, “that too often glorifies guns and violence,” as well as school safety and mental health care.

“If we work harder to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be fewer atrocities like the one in Newtown — or any of the lesser-known tragedies that visit small towns and big cities all across America every day,” Obama concluded.

The President asked Americans to leave a comment regarding gun control on the White House website.

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