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September 21, 2013

Obama on gun measures: We've got to go back at it

President Obama used an address to the Congressional Black Caucus to decry gun violence -- and blast Republicans for threatening to block his signature health care plan and risk a government shutdown and credit default.

Obama, who will address a service Sunday for the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting, noted that "just two days" ago in Chicago, 13 people were shot during a basketball game, including a 3 year old.

"We can’t rest until all of our children can go to school or walk down the street free from the fear that they will be struck down by a stray bullet," he said. He noted that he'll meet Sunday with families in Washington "who now know the same unspeakable grief of families in Newtown, and Aurora, and Tucson, and Chicago, and New Orleans, and all across the country -- people whose loved ones were torn from them without headlines sometimes, or public outcry. But it's happening every single day."

The administration's pressed for sweeping gun control measures after the December shooting in Newtown, Conn., a push Obama called a "good fight" that came up short.

And he added, "That means we've got to get back up and go back at it.  Because as long as there are those who fight to make it as easy as possible for dangerous people to get their hands on a gun, then we've got to work as hard as possible for the sake of our children.  We've got to be ones who are willing to do more work to make it harder."


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