Obama spoke out about gun control for the first time since the Aurora shootings at a National Urban League convention on Wednesday night, and it seems like he's going to lobby for the ban on assault weapons to return.
The talk surrounding gun control has been pretty stale since the Aurora shooting. There were questions as to whether the tragedy would bring about any real change, or if it would yield more talk and no action. On just about every Sunday talk show, gun control dominated the conversation. Colorado Rep. Ed Perlmutter and Senator Dianne Feinstein brought up the idea of reinstating the ban on assault weapons that was in place from 1994 to 2004. It seems like Obama's a fan of the idea, too.
The most important quote from Obama's speech on Wednesday night is this one, where he says guns like AK-47s belong with soldiers, not with criminals:
“I, like most Americans, believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms,” Obama said.
“But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals — that they belong on the battlefields of war and not on the streets of our cities.”