President Obama on the road to campaign for stronger gun laws

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(NBCNC) - President Obama makes his first trip out of Washington today pushing for more gun laws.

As President Obama pitches his gun control plan in Minnesota today, there is more reaction to a White House photo of the President skeet shooting at Camp David.

Critics say he's pandering to second amendment conservatives while pushing for a ban on assault weapons.

The ban seems to have no chance on Capitol Hill but universal background checks may be gaining. "I think that everyone acknowledges we should do something with background checks," Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)/ Sen. Majority Leader.

Mark Kelly argues checks must be expanded to keep guns away from mentally ill people like jarred Loughner - charged with shooting Kelly's wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. "In the case of the rejection from -- at the gun store, he could have easily gone to a gun show or private seller and get a gun," said Gabrielle Giffords' Husband, Mark Kelly.

A Super Bowl ad accuses the NRA of making a complete turnaround on universal background checks.

This was what the NRA's Wayne LaPierre said after Columbine. "We think it's reasonable to provide mandatory instant criminal background checks for every sale at every gun show. No loopholes anywhere for anyone."

And this is what he said on Fox Sunday. "It's never going to be universal. The criminals are not going to comply with it - they could care less," said Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association.









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