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Obama Keeps Quiet on Gun Control

By Dan Weil   |   Thursday, 20 Jan 2011 12:18 PM

You might have noticed that President Barack Obama has remained conspicuously silent over the issue of gun control since the tragic Tucson, Ariz., shootings. That’s because he realizes public opinion obama,gun,control,tucson,gabrielle,giffordsisn’t on his side.

“Obama has supported most major gun and ammunition control initiatives during a decade and a half in public life, including renewing the expired ban on semiautomatic assault rifles,” Politico reports. “But while he has an unambiguously liberal record on guns, he talks about the issue using muted, non-confrontational tones engineered to avoid alienating gun-friendly voters, a huge proportion of the electorate that has steadily drifted away from Obama.”

White House officials haven’t taken a stance on efforts by liberals in the House and Senate to restrict access to the kind of high-capacity ammunition magazines used by Tucson shooting suspect Jared Loughner.

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