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President Obama demands an end to gun violence

HERB BOYD Special to the AmNews | 4/19/2013, 9:52 a.m.

But it is about politics when it comes to the Republicans, particularly those who insist that any kind of federal background check for potential buyers of guns will infringe on their Second Amendment rights. Obama anticipated the possible push back on this issue. "We can protect more of our citizens from gun violence while still protecting our Second Amendment rights," he said. "Those two things don't contradict each other. We can pass common sense laws that protect our kids and protect our rights."

Toward the end of his speech, after citing that several other states, including New York, have passed very strong gun laws, he aroused the crowd for the last time.

"If you believe that the families of Newtown and Aurora and Tucson and Virginia Tech and the thousands of Americans who have been gunned down in the last four months deserve a vote, we all have to stand up," he charged, pushing his rhetoric to an exciting crescendo with each sentence accompanied by applause. "If you want the people you send to Washington to have just an iota of the courage that the educators at Sandy Hook showed when danger arrived on their doorstep, then we're all going to have to stand up!"