Strengthen gun control laws: Barack Obama tells Congress

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"That's not safe, it's not smart, and it's not fair to responsible gun buyers or sellers. An overwhelming majority of Americans agree that anyone trying to buy a gun should at least have to prove they're not a felon, or someone legally prohibited from owning one. That's just common sense," he argued.

Earlier, Obama had said that America has gone through such "tragedies" too many times and the nation has to come together and take "meaningful action".

In his radio address today, he listed out a series of steps that need to be focused upon to prevent such tragedies.

"Second, Congress should restore a ban on military-style assault weapons, and a 10-round limit for magazines. Many assault rifles, when combined with high-capacity magazines, have one purpose and one purpose only: to fire as many bullets as possible as quickly as possible.

"These weapons have no place in our communities. And a majority of the American people agree with me," Obama said in response to a question.

He said Congress also needs to make it easier, rather than harder, for law enforcement to do its job.

"We should get tougher on people who buy guns only to turn around and sell them to criminals. And at a time when many communities have been forced to make cuts to their police force, we should put more cops back on the job and back on the street," he said.

"Like most Americans, I believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. We have a strong tradition of gun ownership in this country, and the vast majority of gun owners act responsibly," Obama said in his weekly radio and web address.

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