President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to ban assault weapons, limit high-capacity ammunition magazines and require background checks for all gun buyers.
Members of the Oklahoma delegation said they disagreed with Obama’s recommendations for congressional action.
“We know from experience that an assault weapons ban will have no meaningful effect on gun violence, as many of the changes that are implemented by such a ban are cosmetic in nature,” said U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe. “Statistics demonstrate that a ban on particular weapons will not significantly decrease crime. Such a ban will, however, significantly decrease our rights guaranteed by the Constitution.”
One month after the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., Obama unveiled a broad plan for reducing gun violence. He used his presidential power to sign 23 executive orders that did not need congressional approval but acknowledged that some of the proposals would have to be endorsed by lawmakers.
The president said he believes that the Second Amendment confers an individual right to carry weapons, but he also thinks that Americans are responsible for taking steps to ensure that guns are used safely.
“That’s what these reforms are designed to do,” he said during a White House ceremony, which was broadcast via streaming video on the White House’s website. “They’re common-sense measures. They have the support of the majority of the American people.”
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