Obama's Gun-Control Proposal Resonates in Aurora
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President Obama's remarks about gun control during his State of the Union address drew quick reaction in Aurora, Colo., where 12 died in a mass shooting last summer. Residents who spoke with AP urged lawmakers to act on Obama's proposals. (Feb. 14)


SHOTLIST:AP - AP CLIENTS ONLYAurora, Colorado - Feb. 13, 20131. SOUNDBITE: Marco Robinson/Aurora, Colorado"I think guns should be banned permanently....you have access to assault weapons....just by going on the internet....I go to the library...i have no criminal record....i have a credit card....i can buy ammunition....and it can't be stopped."2. SOUNDBITE: Chriesta Ward / Aurora, Colorado"there needs to be some control on it....a lot of the argument against gun control doesn't really hold water for me....criminals are going to break the laws anyways....that's the ideas behind laws....we definitely need some gun control around here....you need to be able to check people out before they can walk away with a gun."3. SOUNDBITE: Driss Majdoub/Aurora, Colorado "I listened to the president yesterday.....I like the guy and I like what he had to say....but it's all talk...and it's all politics."STORYLINE:Aurora, Colorado residents who spoke to AP following the president's State of the Union address urged Washington to act on gun control. Chriesta Ward said, "there needs to be some control on it. A lot of the argument against gun control doesn't really hold water for me."Obama implored Congress to at least hold votes on gun control measures, listing a series of high-profile shootings, such as the killings of children at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school and the shootings at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater. "The families of Newtown deserve a vote. The families of Aurora deserve a vote," he said, drawing a standing ovation from Democratic lawmakers and supporters in the gallery in the most boisterous moment of the night. Obama added that no measures would prevent every act of gun violence. "But we were never sent here to be perfect. "(****END****)