Obama on gun violence: 'We hear you.'

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Associated Press

Posted on December 21, 2012 at 7:01 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 21 at 8:00 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says his administration has received an outpouring of support for stricter gun laws following last week's elementary school massacre in Connecticut. He says in response to an online petition: "We hear you."

The president says in a video posted Friday that he has been encouraged that many gun owners have said there are steps the nation can take to prevent more deadly shootings, "steps that protect our rights and protect our kids."

Obama was holding a moment of silence on Friday morning at the White House marking one week since the shooting that killed 20 children and six adults at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school.

Obama was responding to an online petition on the White House website in which nearly 200,000 people have pushed for gun control.

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