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President Obama backs assault weapon ban after Newtown shooting

December 19, 2012 by Tom Turner in Business, Politics with 0 Comments

President Obama wants to restore an assault weapons prohibition after 26 people, including children were killed after a gunman named Adam Lanza, 20, opened fire  at Sandy Hook Elementary school in the sleepy New England town of Newtown, Connecticut, 60 miles from New York city.

The gunman, Adam Lanza, killed 6 adults and 20 children in the Friday attack. The students from the rest of Newton District resumed school on Tuesday morning though Sandy Hook Elementary, where the shootings occurred, remains a crime scene.

Jay Carney, the president’s spokesman said that Mr. Obama was ‘actively supportive’ of one of the Democratic senator’s proposal to bring forth a bill on the first day of the next congress. The spokesman also added that there could also be moves on gun-sale and ammunition loopholes.

In a brief statement since the incident happened on Friday, the National Riffle Association said that it was dearly heartbroken by the attack. A spokesman from the group came out and said that they were made up of four million dads and moms, daughters and sons, and they too were equally shocked, heartbroken and saddened by the tragic news of the senseless and horrific murders in Newton.

A statement from the National Riffle Association said ‘The National Riffle Association is prepared to offer meaningful contribution to help make sure this never happens again’

BBC’s Paul Adam in a Washington report stated that gun sales, including those of assault riffles have risen ever since the incident occurred on Friday due to the fear of the new legislation that is coming.

The share price of a number of gun manufacturers have dropped and a private equity firm has sold it’s stakes in the very same company that manufactures the assault riffle used at Newton, after giving in to amounting pressure from one of it’s biggest investors, a Teacher’s Retirement Fund from California.

President Barrack Obama has earlier stated his firm support for the reintroduction of a previous assault weapons ban which became invalid in 2004. However, the President has not backed a move to do so before now.

The president’s spokesman, Mr. Carney on Tuesday said ‘He is actively supportive of, for example, Senator [Dianne] Feinstein’s stated intent to revive a piece of legislation that would reinstate the assault weapon ban.’

The press secretary from White House also added that the President was also backing other gun legislation, inclusive of high capacity ammunition clips and against loopholes that enable for gun buying at gun shows without a proper background check.

About Tom Turner

Tom Turner joined Trade Watch Media Company in September 2010, Tom is a national reporter and has helped Poynter explore the journalistic values and the legal challenges related to new technologies, especially social media. Tom has travelled the country and overseas reporting on a variety of stories from the presidential election to the impact of the Great Recession on cities and families

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