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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The President takes his campaign for tighter gun laws to Minneapolis, a city that has taken numerous steps recently to curb gun violence.
"When it comes to protecting our children from gun violence, you've shown that progress is possible," says President Obama.
Though the White House has released a photo, taken this summer, destined to show the President can relate to gun enthusiasts, the Obama Administration also says this is the first trip of many aimed at rallying support outside the beltway for the President's sweeping package of tougher gun laws that includes reinstating the assault weapons ban and introducing universal background checks.
"These are common sense measures supported by Democrats, Republicans and Independents, and many of them are responsible gun owners," says President Obama.
The President faces an uphill battle on Capitol Hill, given the number of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle representing avid gun owners.
"Where he might be able to get something done is with an expanded type of background check," says NRA Executive VP Wayne LaPierre. "Banning assault weapons, I just see as a nonstarter completely."
Though a non-profit group, founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg worked to influence debate with a Super Bowl ad, the head of the NRA new says it opposes universal background checks because they will penalize responsible gun owners.
"It's a fraud to call it universal," says LaPierre. "It's never going to be universal. The criminals are not going to comply with it. They could care less."
Senate Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy says he hopes his committee will write gun control legislation this month, but it's unclear at this point exactly what proposals it would contain. The issue of gun control is a long way from over. You can join the debate on our Facebook page, Facebook.com/FoxNashville, or on our website at Fox17.com.
Tuesday, February 5 2013, 12:04 AM CST
First lady to high school grads: live your dreams
May 18, 2013 19:28 GMT
By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- First lady Michelle Obama has some advice for some Tennessee high school graduates: strike your own path in college and life and work to overcome inevitable failures with determination and grit.
Mrs. Obama spoke for 22-minutes to the Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School in Nashville in her only high school graduation speech this year.
The first lady told the 170 graduates that she spent too much of her own time in college focusing on academic achievements. She said while her success in college and law school led to a high-profile job, she ended up leaving to focus on public service.
Mrs. Obama had this message for the graduates: "Do not waste a minute living someone else's dream."
Mrs. Obama later presented graduate diplomas on stage.
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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AP Business Writer
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IN THE NEWS: LABOR GROUP SAYS CONDITIONS AT APPLE PLANTS IMPROVING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.