President Barack Obama reiterated his support in an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" for a ban on assault rifles and a push for legislation next year to stem firearms violence in the United States.
Obama also expressed skepticism about the proposal made by the National Rifle Association, or NRA, to station armed guards at all U.S. schools in the wake of the massacre of 20 children on Dec. 14 at a Connecticut elementary school.
"I've been very clear that an assault rifle ban, banning these high capacity clips, background checks, that there are a set of issues that I have historically supported and will continue to support," Obama said.
Asked if such a ban would be possible in light of the polarized political climate in Washington, the president said he was confident that the national dialogue on gun violence would produce results.
"I'd like to get it done in the first year. I will put forward a very specific proposal based on the recommendations that Joe Biden's task force is putting together as we speak. And so this is not something that I will be putting off," the president said in the interview, which was recorded on Saturday at the White House.
Vice President Joe Biden's task force is meeting with representatives of all sectors of society and has a January deadline to make recommendations to curb gun violence.
"But ultimately the way this is going to happen is because the American people say, 'That's right. We are willing to make different choices for the country and we support those in Congress who are willing to take those actions.' And will there be resistance? Absolutely there will be resistance," Obama said. EFE