Obama gun control op-ed references Tucson shooting

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- President Obama references the January 8 shootings in Tucson to set up an op-ed he wrote about gun law reform that appeared in Sunday's Arizona Daily Star.

The President begins the essay by addressing the mass shooting, in which Jared Loughner allegedly killed six people and wounded 13 others.

But, he says, gun violence goes beyond Tucson.  He wants gun sellers to not sell to people who fail background checks and for law enforcement agencies to provide thorough and accurate information on those who pose a threat to the community.

He goes on to write:

Most gun owners know that the word 'commonsense' isn't a code word for 'confiscation.'  And none of us should be willing to remain passive in the face of violence, or resigned to watching helplessly as another rampage unfolds on television. 

We owe the victims of the tragedy in Tucson and the countless unheralded tragedies each year, nothing less than our best efforts - to seek consensus, to prevent future bloodshed, to forge a nation worthy of our children's futures.