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Obama Urges Congress to Vote to End Gun Violence

President Barack Obama, March 13, 2013 file photo.
U.S. President Barack Obama has called on Congress to vote on proposed steps to reduce what he called "the epidemic of gun violence."

Obama said in his weekly address Saturday, the U.S. has changed in the three months since the December school shooting in Newton, Connecticut that left 20 young students dead. He said Americans support a ban on assault weapons, plus limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines, school security funding and a crackdown on gun trafficking.

The U.S. leader said the ideas before the legislators are "common sense" ideas.

Senate Democrats recently dropped the assault weapons ban from their proposed legislation, saying it would halt any chance a gun bill could be passed.

President Obama said government officials have "an obligation" to do what the can to reduce gun violence.