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Obama Calls Push for Gun Control Only the 'Beginning'

"The last time we had major gun legislation it took six, seven, eight tries toget passed."

7:18 AM, May 3, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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President Obama took a moment yesterday in Mexico to "editorialize just for a second about gun control," as he said at a joint press conference with his Mexican counterpart.

Barack Obama speaks about national security 2009-05-21

"As I think all your Mexican counterparts understand and as I talked about with President Peña Nieto, we recognize we’ve got obligations when it comes to guns that are oftentimes being shipped down South and contributing to violence here in Mexico," Obama said at the Mexico City press conference.

"But, frankly, what I’m most moved by are the victims of gun violence not just in Mexico but back home -- like the parents in Newtown.  And I said the day that the legislation that had been proposed by Senators Manchin and Toomey in the Senate -- the day that that failed to get 60 votes -- that that was not the end; this was the beginning.

"The last time we had major gun legislation it took six, seven, eight tries to get passed.  Things happen somewhat slowly in Washington, but this is just the first round.  And when you’ve got 90 percent of the American people supporting the initiatives that we put forward around background checks and making sure that drug traffickers, for example, can't just send in somebody with a clear record to purchase guns on their behalf with no way of tracking or stopping that, when you had common-sense legislation like that that the overwhelming majority of Americans, including gun owners, those of us who strongly support the Second Amendment, all of us supporting, I believe that eventually we’re going to get that done.  And I’m going to keep on trying.

"So I didn't mean to horn in on President Peña Nieto’s response, but I just want to be clear that we’re going to keep at this.  One thing I am is persistent."

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