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-- every day.
The number of young people -- -- to violence.
Is about the same as the the number of people we lost a -- if it.
For every column -- -- Virginia Tech.
There are dozens gunned down on the streets of Chicago and Atlanta.
Here in New Orleans.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Over young Americans -- and Milwaukee and Cleveland.
-- -- -- The biggest but also plagues the smallest times.
It claims the lives of Americans of different ages different races and -- Together by the fact that -- these young people.
Had dreams have futures were cut tragically short.
And when there is an extraordinarily heartbreaking.
Tragedy like the one we saw there's always an outcry immediately after.
For action there's talk new reforms there's talk legislation.
Too often those efforts are defeated by politics and by lobby and eventually by the pool of our collective attention elsewhere.
But what I said in the wake of your son was.
We were gonna stay on this persistently.
So we've been able to take some actions -- Recognizing that it's not always get things through congress these days.
The background checks conducted on those looking to purchase fire.
Now -- the -- and more complete.
Instead of just.
Throwing more money -- the problem.
The violence the federal government has now in the trenches with communities schools and law enforcement -- -- the troops without setting mayors like mayor nutter.
-- -- -- Recognizing that we are stronger what we work together.
So what's -- like New Orleans we're partnering with a local officials.
To reduce crime using best practices and in places like Boston and Chicago we've been able -- Help connect more young people -- summer jobs that they spent less time on the streets.
Like Detroit lakes we're helping communities up -- prevention.
An intervention programs that steer young people away -- like gang violence.
-- safety and promise of a classroom.
But even though we've taken these actions.
-- not enough.
Other steps to reduce violence.
Have been met with opposition -- -- There's been true for some tough.
Particular touches on the issue of guns.
-- like most Americans believe the Second Amendment guarantees.
An individual the right to bear arms.
We recognize the traditions of gun ownership -- passed on from generation to generation.
That hunting and shooting a part of it.
A cherished national heritage.
But I also believe a lot of gun owners would agree that AK 47 belong in the -- soldiers not the answer from.
Not on the streets of our cities.
I believe the majority of gun owners would agree that we should do everything possible to prevent criminals fugitives.
From purchasing weapons.
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