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[Barack Obama – David Gregory – Meet The Press – Gun Control After Connecticut]
[David Gregory] Source: LYBIO.net
Those are four huge things and you didn’t mention … new gun regulations. … Do you have the stomach for the political fight for new gun control laws?
[Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961)]
You know, David, I think anybody who was up in Newtown who talked to the parents, who talked to the families, understands that something fundamental in America has to change. And all of us have to do some soul searching, including me as president, that we allow a situation in which 20 precious small children are getting gunned down in a classroom. And I’ve been very clear that, you know, an assault rifle ban, banning these high capacity clips, background checks – that there are a set of issues that I have historically supported and will continue to support.
But can you get it done, the politics is the question?
So the question is: are we going to be able to have a national conversation and move something through Congress? I’d like to get it done in the first year. I will put forward a very specific proposal based on the recommendations that Joe Biden’s task force is putting together as we speak. And so this is not something that I will be putting off. But – but
The NRA says it’s just not going to work. It didn’t work before. It’s not going to work now.
My response is something has to work. And it is not enough for us to say, “This is too hard so we’re not going to try.” So what I intend to do is I will call all the stakeholders together. I will meet with Republicans. I will meet with Democrats. I will talk to anybody. I think there are a vast majority of responsible gun owners out there who recognize that we can’t have a situation in which somebody with severe psychological problems is able to get the kind of high capacity weapons that (he) this individual in Newtown obtained and gun down our kids. And, yes, it’s going to be hard.
Should we have an armed guard at every school in the country? That’s what the NRA believes, they told me last week, that – that could work?
[Barack Obama] Source: LYBIO.net
I am not going to prejudge the recommendations that are given to me. I am skeptical that the only answer is putting more guns in schools. And I think the vast majority of the American people are skeptical that that somehow is going to solve our problem. And, and, look, here’s the bottom line. We’re not going to get this done unless the American people decide it’s important.
And so this is not going to be simply a matter of me spending political capital. One of the things that you learn, having now been in this office for four years, is the old adage of Abraham Lincoln’s. That uh, with public opinion there’s nothing you can’t do and without public opinion there’s very little you can get done in this town.
So I’m going to be putting forward a package and I’m gonna to be putting my full weight behind it. And I’m going to be making an argument to the American people about why this is important and why we have to do everything we can to make sure that something like what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary does not happen again.
But ultimately the way this is going to happen is because the American people say, “That’s right. We are – we are willing to make different choices for the country and we support those in Congress who are willing to take those actions.” And will there be resistance? Absolutely there will be resistance.
And the question then becomes; whether we are actually shook up enough by what happened here; that it does not just become another one of these routine episodes; where it gets a lot of attention for a couple of weeks and then it drifts away. It certainly won’t feel like that to me. This is something that – ya know, that was the worst day of my presidency. And it’s not something that I want to see repeated.
It hit close to home.
Let me ask you about a couple of foreign policy notes. After the attack in Benghazi is there a need for more accountability so that this doesn’t happen again? And do you know who was behind the attack at this point?
Two points. Number one, I think that Tom Pickering and Mike Mullen who headed up the review board did a very thorough job in identifying what were some severe problems in diplomatic security. And they provided us with a series of recommendations. Many of them were already starting to be implemented. Secretary Clinton has indicated that she is going to implement all of them.
My message to the State Department has been very simple. And that is we’re going to solve this. We’re not going to be defensive about it. We’re not going to pretend that this was not a problem. This was a huge problem. And we’re going to implement every single recommendation that’s been put forward.
Some individuals have been held accountable inside of the State Department and what I’ve said is that we are going to fix this to make sure that this does not happen again, because these are folks that I send into the field. We understand that there are dangers involved but when you read the report and it confirms what we had already seen based on some of our internal reviews; there was just some sloppiness, not intentional, in terms of how we secure embassies in areas where you essentially don’t have governments that have a lot of capacity to protect those embassies.
So we’re doing a thorough-going review. Not only we implement all the recommendations that were made, but we’ll try to do more than that. With respect to who carried it out, that’s an ongoing investigation. The F.B.I. has sent individuals to Libya repeatedly. We have some very good leads, but this is not something that I’m going to be at liberty to talk about right now.
[David Gregory] Source: LYBIO.net
In the politics, in the back and forth in this, do you feel like you let your friend Susan Rice hang out there to dry a little bit?
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