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Missouri, Kansas mentioned in Obama remarks on gun rules

President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, about gun violence.
President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, about gun violence. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

During his speech Tuesday outlining a series of executive actions designed to address gun violence, President Barack Obama mentioned the 2014 shootings at the Overland Park Jewish Community Center — and recent gun legislation in Missouri.

“Our right to worship freely and safely — that right was denied to Christians in Charleston, South Carolina. And that was denied Jews in Kansas City. And that was denied Muslims in Chapel Hill, and Sikhs in Oak Creek. They had rights, too,” he said.

And this: “We know that background checks make a difference. After Connecticut passed a law requiring background checks and gun safety courses, gun deaths decreased by 40 percent. Meanwhile, since Missouri repealed a law requiring comprehensive background checks and purchase permits, gun deaths have increased to almost 50 percent higher than the national average. One study found, unsurprisingly, that criminals in Missouri now have easier access to guns.”

Reaction to the orders is coming in. So far it’s from Republicans. Local Democrats are silent. We’ll add their responses if they become available.

Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Ks.: “President Obama is attempting to restrict our 2nd Amendment rights. Growing up in rural Kansas, I understand, first-hand, that responsibly exercising our 2nd Amendment rights is an integral part of our history and traditions. I will continue to fight against any attempts by President Obama to restrict our Constitutional rights.”

Eric Greitens, GOP candidate for Missouri governor: “Once again President Obama doesn't get it. He thinks that taking away yourguns will stop criminals. He's wrong. We know that you don't stop criminals by taking away guns from law abiding citizens. The truth is just the opposite.”

Catherine Hanaway, GOP candidate for Missouri governor: “President Obama's proposed restrictions on firearms owners constitutes an attack on every American's Second Amendment rights. For the past seven years, President Obama has shown a blatant disregard for the U.S. Constitution, and time after time he has violated individual liberties with unconstitutional executive actions.”

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Monday: “There seem to be no limits to how far this president will go to overstep the Constitutional limits of his power. His latest target is the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.”