His exact statement was,
"So what I am trying to do is get a broader conversation about how do we reduce the violence generally, part of it is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban re-introduced. But part of it is also looking at other sources of the violence."
He then proceeded to state that most of the violence in Chicago was from cheap handguns 'Hi-Point *cough*'.
First off and on a personal political note IMO 90% of all politicians in Washington 'or trying to get there' need to be sent home. The bi-partisan finger pointing and flat out yes/no black/white nonsense happening along party lines is disgusting.
As far as the presidential race goes its like this "which turd are you voting for?", so I DO NOT have a horse in this race.
That being said IMO when he said this it was pandering to the Antis and the simple fact that he isn't even sure he could get the legislation introduced speaks volumes.
& TTAG and some other blogs are IMO hitting the panic button and pandering to all of us just as much as the President did to the Anti's.