Originally Posted by FlashBang
You need to read all of his words to get the full impact of what he is saying, and not just focus on the assault weapons comment:
“Part of it is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced. But part of it is also looking at other sources of the violence. Because frankly, in my home town of Chicago, there’s an awful lot of violence and they’re not using AK-47s. They’re using cheap hand guns.”
What he is saying here is that not only does he want an assault weapons ban, but he is also looking at going after handguns. The way he will try to sell this is that he will leave "hunting" rifles alone, and take "assault" rifles and handguns. He will use that as a way to argue that he is not touching anyone's rights to own a "sporting" firearm.
Heres the rest of it:
"Oama: I also share your belief that weapons that were designed for soldiers in war theaters don’t belong on our streets. And so what I’m trying to do is to get a broader conversation about how do we reduce the violence generally. Part of it is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced, but part of it is also looking at other sources of the violence, because frankly, in my hometown of Chicago, there’s an awful lot of violence, and they’re not using AK-47s, they’re using cheap handguns.
And so what can we do to intervene to make sure that young people have opportunity, that our schools are working, that if there’s violence on the streets, that working with faith groups and law enforcement, we can catch it before it gets out of control?
And so what I want is a — is a comprehensive strategy. Part of it is seeing if we can get automatic weapons that kill folks in amazing numbers out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. But part of it is also going deeper and seeing if we can get into these communities and making sure we catch violent impulses before they occur."
Keep in mind I'm not an Obama fan, but he has said nothing about going after hand guns.