Yahoo News asked readers and contributors to briefly respond to passages from Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Here's one reaction.
Obama on gun violence: "It has been two months since Newtown. I know this is not the first time this country has debated how to reduce gun violence. But this time is different. Overwhelming majorities of Americans - Americans who believe in the 2nd Amendment - have come together around commonsense reform - like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun."
My response: As a resident of the greater Oklahoma City area, I am all for keeping guns out of the hands of violent criminals. Thankfully, I have not been personally touched by gun violence. I do, however, own several guns and I am a strong proponent of Second Amendment rights for those who are stable enough to own guns. I do want to ensure that guns are still available to those who can own them responsibly, and I willingly submit to a background check each time I purchase a firearm.
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