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MEXICO CITY, Mexico– President Obama announced Thursday his insistence to continue the crackdown on assault weapon sales in the U.S.  Standing alongside Mexican President Felipe Calderón, Obama stated that he has “not backed off at all” on his original campaign pledge to reinstate the ban on assault weapons originally instituted under President Clinton, then reversed by President George W. Bush.

“I continue to believe that we can respect and honor the Second Amendment right in our Constitution — the rights of sportsmen and hunters and homeowners that want to keep their families safe — to lawfully bear arms, while dealing with assault weapons that, as we know here in Mexico, are used to fuel violence,” Obama said.

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