Despite the tough political climate for federal gun control legislation, a coalition of law enforcement groups on Thursday called for background checks on all gun buyers and a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines after the Colorado shooting rampage, says the Los Angeles Times. “After looking at what happened in Aurora, Colo., who could be in favor of these high-capacity magazines?” asked Hubert Williams, president of the Police Foundation and chairman of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, visiting Aurora on Thursday, called for renewal of the federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. “We cannot be … hiding behind the 2nd Amendment to justify weapons that the writers of the Constitution never imagined,” Jackson said. President Obama on Wednesday vowed to “leave no stone unturned” in seeking ways to curb violence in American cities, although he did not call for any new gun control legislation. He said he nonetheless believes that even gun owners would agree “that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals” and that “we should do everything possible to prevent criminals and fugitives from purchasing weapons.” A spokesman said Thursday that the White House was focused on enforcing laws on the books and broader efforts to stop violence.