VIDEO: Pres. Obama on common-sense measures to reduce gun violence, Hartford, CT + the Senators who will block them


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"What's more important to you, our children or an A grade from the gun lobby?"

"Shouldn't we make it HARDER, not easier for domestic abusers to get their hands on a gun?"

"If you believe those killed by guns deserve a vote.. Stand up. Stand up."

This broke my heart. The president quoted Newtown victim, six-year-old Dylan Hockley's mom, Nicole:

"Every night I beg for him to come to me in my dreams so that I can see him again. And during the day, I just focus on what I need to do to honor him and make change." Now if Nicole can summon the courage to do that, how can the rest of us do any less?

And this:

... A mom I met from suburban Chicago whose son was killed in a random shooting. This mom told me,  "I hate it when people tell me that my son in the wrong place a the wrong time. He was on his way to school!" He was exactly where he was supposed to be! He was in the right place at the right time, and he still got shot! The kids at Sandy Hook were where they were supposed to be!... They were also exercising their rights.

Thank you President Obama, for  kicking ass on gun safety measures. I was in tears. Now PLEASE do the same on behalf of Social Security and Medicare.

And while you're at it, kick the asses of the 15 Republicans who have now pledged to filibuster Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s gun safety bill. Here's the text of the letter:

March 22, 2013

Dear Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid,

We, the undersigned, intend to oppose any legislation that would oppose on the American people's constitutional right to bear arms, or on their ability to exercise this right without being subjected to government surveillance.

The Second Amendment to the Constitution protects citizens' right to self-defense. It speaks to history's lesson that government cannot be in all places at all times, and history's warning about the oppression of a government that tries.

We will oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions.

  1. Rand Paul (Ky.) (ring leader)
  2. Mike Lee (R-Utah)
  3. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
  4. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
  5. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.)
  6. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
  7. Sen. Richard Burr (R - NC)
  8. Sen. Daniel Coats (R - IN)
  9. Sen. Jerry Moran (R - KS)
  10. Sen. Pat Roberts (R - KS)
  11. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R - OK)
  12. Sen. Ron Johnson (R - WI)
  13. Sen. James E. Risch (R - ID)
  14. Sen. Mike Crapo (R - ID)

There is a fifteenth name, but I can't seem to find it. If you do, please let me know and I will add it.

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