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DNC Executive Director: Obama Supports 'Reinstatement' of Assault Weapons Ban

11:38 AM, Jul 25, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Patrick Gaspard, the executive director of the Democratic National Party, announced on national television that President Barack Obama "continues to support the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban."

"The president has always supported the rights of responsible gun owners and he continues to support the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban," said Gaspard. "But he also knows that that bill faces significant headwinds in Congress, which is why it's incumbent upon us to do all that we can to strengthen existing laws."

"But Patrick," host Chuck Todd pushed. "There is a fine line here when it comes to these issues.  If the president puts his shoulder behind it, right, if he wanted to make a push on the assault weapons ban, he would force a vote. It's clear he doesn't want to do that. Is that a fair interpretation?"

Gaspard responded by ignoring the question.

"Chuck, let's be clear. there are a lot of issues that are before the American people right now that the president puts his shoulder behind every single day," said Gaspard. "You well know that since September of last year, there's been a jobs bill before this Congress that has the best bipartisan ideas that's been languishing because they refuse to move. So there's been a fair amount of obstruction on many fronts, from this Tea Party-led wing in the Congress right now. The president will continue to do all that he can to advance the rights of the American people and to ensure that we have responsible laws on the books."

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