WASHINGTON (AP) – Gun violence is shifting to the forefront of the presidential campaign, with President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney engaging in their most extensive discussions on the issue since the Colorado movie theater shootings.
Obama is embracing some degree of additional restrictions on guns. He acknowledged Wednesday that his administration had not done enough to prevent weapons from getting into the hands of criminals and pledged to work with lawmakers from both parties to move forward on the matter.
Romney says changing laws would not prevent gun-related tragedies. And he mistakenly said many weapons obtained by the movie theater shooting suspect in Colorado were obtained illegally. In fact, authorities allege that the firearms used to kill 12 people and injure dozens more were purchased legally.