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Obama pushes for gun buyer background checks

 US President Barack Obama has called for public support for proposed background checks for all gun buyers in the United States.

Speaking before a crowd in Denver, Obama held up new gun control measures enacted in Colorado - the scene of two of the deadliest gun massacres in US history - as "a model of what's possible".

The president said that taking action to reduce gun violence does not have to infringe on Second Amendment rights.

"There doesn't have to be a conflict between protecting our citizens and protecting our Second Amendment rights," Obama told a cheering crowd in the Western state with a strong tradition of gun ownership and hunting.

Obama is aiming to revive stalled momentum in Congress for several gun control measures, including universal background checks for gun buyers, that he called for after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut school in December.

The US Senate is set to debate the issue of gun control next week.

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Comment by Ed Price
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Actually, this push against guns might be a good thing. The chemistry is available for making extremely powerful weapons out of household chemicals. And if people are pushed hard enough, they sill start developing stuff that will make guns look like a walk on the beach on a quiet, sunny afternoon.

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