President Obama is using Colorado as a backdrop Wednesday as he pushes Congress to pass gun control measures in the wake of last year’s shootings in Aurora and Newtown, Conn.
Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 6:42 am
President Obama is trying to regain some traction for federal gun control measures by visiting states that are moving forward on their own.
On Wednesday, the president speaks in Colorado, where lawmakers recently passed a series of bills requiring background checks for all gun purchases and limiting the size of ammunition magazines.
Obama would like to see similar measures adopted nationwide. But if Colorado serves as an inspiration for the president, it also provides a cautionary tale.
A task force launched by the National Rifle Association after the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., has come back with a report that recommends the creation of programs that give additional weapons training to school resource officers as well as "selected and designated school personnel" who could then carry arms.