Perry Bacon Jr.
Jan 21, 2011
Gun control advocates are urging the White House to embrace stricter gun laws in the wake of the shooting in Tucson, calling for President Obama to talk about the issue in next week’s State of the Union address.
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Democrats, including Obama, have largely avoided the issue for years, believing it turns off swing voters in the Midwest and South. But after the shooting, several members of Congress, as well as liberal-leaning groups, have publicly said Obama should back legislation such as a bill proposed by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) to bar the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines, such as the one used in the shooting.
Advocates have seized on comments by former Vice President Richard B. Cheney who said in an recent interview with NBC News “maybe it’s appropriate” to limit magazine size.
Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said the group wanted Obama to support specific legislation, but it would be satisfied if the president appointed a presidential commission to look at the causes of gun violence if a bill is not possible.