Obama says he’s op­ti­mistic that more gun laws can pass

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

On the fourth an­niver­sary of the Sandy Hook ele­men­tary school mass shoot­ing, Pres­i­dent Obama said he still be­lieves the U.S. can muster the “courage” to en­act more gun laws.

“I still be­lieve that there are enough good peo­ple on both sides of this is­sue who care more about pro­tect­ing our chil­dren than de­fend­ing ef­fort­less ac­cess to guns for those who would do our chil­dren harm,” Mr. Obama said on Face­book.

In De­cem­ber 2012, a young man with a his­tory of be­hav­ioral prob­lems shot and killed 20 first-graders and six adults at the school in New­town, Con­necti­cut. He com­mit­ted sui­cide.

Mr. Obama used the shoot­ing to prod Congress in early 2013 to en­act uni­ver­sal back­ground checks on gun pur­chases, but the ef­fort was blocked by Repub­li­can law­mak­ers in the Senate.

The pres­i­dent, who vis­ited with the vic­tims’ fam­i­lies two days af­ter the

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