WASHINGTON – President Bush, stepping back into the gun-control debate, is renewing his pledge to help communities and states combat gun violence.
Bush was visiting Philadelphia on Monday to highlight his efforts to catch gun offenders. Bush has advocated ``vigorously'' enforcing laws involving gun crimes and said it should be a priority to keep juveniles from obtaining guns.
Underscoring the contentiousness of the issue, a gun-control advocacy group was airing ads urging him to support mandatory background checks for customers at gun shows.
``Felons in 32 states can get guns at gun shows with no questions asked, and resell them on our streets,'' the radio spot says. ``That's why we need a national law requiring background checks at all gun shows.''