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Obama Responds To White House Petition On Gun Control: "We Hear You"

"Here's what I think we should do," President Obama said in a White House video responding to a petition calling for greater gun control measures. "This week I called on Congress to take up and pass common-sense legislation that has the support of the majority of the American people, including banning the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, and making sure criminals can't take advantage of legal loopholes to get their hands on a gun."

Obama was responding to a petition on the White House website that called for the introduction of tougher gun control legislation. As of Friday morning, the petition has nearly 200,000 signatures.

"I will do everything in my power as president to advance these efforts because if there's even one thing we can do as a country to protect our children, we have a responsibility to try," Obama said.

"If we're going to succeed, it's going to take a sustained effort of mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, law enforcement and responsible gun owners, organizing, speaking up, calling their members of Congress as many times as it takes, standing up and saying 'enough' on behalf of all our kids," Obama added.

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