President Barack Obama is urging Americans to press their leaders to support his proposals to tackle gun violence.

Obama, about to begin his second term, says in his weekly radio and Internet address that Americans should ask lawmakers why an A-grade from the gun lobby is more important than keeping kids safe. He's referring to the powerful National Rifle Association, which opposes his proposals.

The president says he's taking steps right away but Congress, too, must act. He's asking lawmakers to pass an assault-weapons ban, universal background checks and limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines.

In the Republican address, Rep. James Lankford of Oklahoma asked for prayers for the President as he prepared to be sworn in on Sunday for his second term.


"Tomorrow, President Obama will be sworn in for a second term," says Lankford. "Though we disagree on many areas of policy, I join my fellow Americans in pledging to pray for the President, his family and our nation in the days ahead."

He then pointed out that during Obama's first term he nor the Senate have proposed a budget. "Unfortunately, the president has already missed more budget deadlines than any of his predecessors," Lankford says in the address.  "Majority Leader Harry Reid said it would be 'foolish' for his party in the Senate to produce a budget," Lankford says. "We disagree. With more than 16 trillion dollars in debt, we believe it is foolish not to have a budget."

 

 

Lankford believes any budget Congress approves must address government spending and debt.



The Associated Press contributed to this story