Mayor Soglin issues support for Obama gun control plans

Mayor reacts to presidential announcement

Published On: Jan 16 2013 12:39:39 PM CST
Paul Soglin
MADISON, Wis. -

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin is offering support for President Barack Obama after the president spelled out his plans to increase gun control.

On Wednesday, the president proposed background checks on all gun sales and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines as part of a package of steps to reduce gun violence.

Soglin’s statement said the Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment with a well-regulation state militia in mind.

“They did not envision high capacity firearms in the hands of irresponsible individuals. Most hunters acknowledge that a Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle is neither necessary nor reasonable to take down a deer,” stated Soglin.

He added, “Responsible gun owners must regain control of the NRA.”

Obama signed 23 executive actions that don't require congressional approval that he said would strengthen background checks and expand safety programs in schools.

He also called on Congress to reinstate an assault weapons ban that expired in 2004, to restrict ammunition magazines to no more than 10 rounds, and to require a background check on anyone buying a gun, whether at a store or in a private sale at an auction or convention.