As proposed federal gun legislation stalls on Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama is pointing to Colorado as an example of what steps to take.
At the Denver Police Academy Obama lauded state lawmakers and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper for recently enacting a universal background checks law and limiting the legal size of ammunition magazines. "I've come here to Denver today because Colorado in particular is proving a model for what's possible," Obama said.
Obama cited the December massacre at Newtown, Conn., as the impetus for his gun control push, but reinforced the notion that many times more people die at the hands from gunshot wounds in day-to-day violence, far from the spotlight.
Colorado has long been linked to gun violence. The state was scarred by mass shootings in 1999 at Columbine High School and again last summer, when 12 people died during a movie theater shooting in Aurora.
The president applauded elected officials for taking action in response. "Colorado has shown that practical progress is possible by enacting tougher background checks that won't infringe on the rights of responsible gun owners, but will help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people," he said.The speech won praise from MSNBC host Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes), who tweeted, "This is a really excellent speech from Obama. Very much his rhetorical signature, in genuinely trying to foster good faith."