Politics

              President Barack Obama shakes hands with invited guests after he brought his gun violence proposals on the road to Minneapolis, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at the Minneapolis Police Department

Obama’s anti-gun campaign goes on the road

Neil Munro
White House Correspondent

“I speak on behalf of millions of American women across the country who urge you to defend our Second Amendment right to choose to defend ourselves,” she declared.

Polls by the Pew Research Center show that 55 percent of Democratic-leaning female college grads, 72 percent of Hispanics, 59 percent of younger voters and 66 percent of African-Americans support “gun controls” over gun rights.

Those groups are significant because they helped Obama win the November 2012 election, yet they tend to have a low turnout during off-year elections.

If Obama can use his restarted 2012 campaign organization, and also stoke several hot-button issues — such as gun control and amnesty — he may be able to help Democrats win a majority of House seats in the 2014 mid-term elections.

The Minnesota visit is also part of a campaign that Obama is waging to pressure GOP legislators to accept gun curbs that are opposed by many GOP voters.

The include a ban on large magazines and on so-called “assault weapons,” which are defined by gun-control advocates as weapons that look like soldiers’ fully automatic weapons.

“Assault weapons” can work as machine guns, and so they’re already tightly restricted and licensed.

If the GOP-controlled House passes the Obama’s gun-control legislation, turnout by the GOP base may be weakened in November 2014.

If the GOP caucus votes against the legislation, Obama can portray GOP legislators in urban districts as unreasonable and threatening to children.

The curbs “deserve a vote in Congress, because weapons of war have no place in our schools and streets,” said Obama.