Gun sales hit record levels after Obama was elected in 2008, even though didn't call for additional restrictions in his first campaign. Sales jumped again after his re-election, as many gun advocates and owners peddled fears that he would limit their right to bear arms. Gun-control proponents told Hughes they hope their efforts will gain more support after the movie-theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. last summer and the murder-suicide involving a professional football player last week.
"I am certain Obama thinks our gun laws are insane, and he doesn't ever have to run for office again," Coalition to Stop Gun Violence spokesman Ladd Everitt told Hughes. He said White House aides have privately told control advocates that Obama will take on the issue in his second term. The White House has officially said that the president intends to protect gun rights while making it harder for criminals to get guns. (Read more)