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By Sami Zaatari     Apr 4, 2013 in Politics
Speaking to Democratic donors, President Barack Obama told them that he was "optimistic' about immigration reform, but less so when it comes to the issue of gun control.
Speaking on immigration reform, the president had this to say:
I am very optimistic that we get immigration reform done in the next few months. And the reason I’m optimistic is because people spoke out through the ballot box, and that’s breaking gridlock"
However when it came to gun control, the president wasn't as optimistic:
It’s going to be tougher to get better gun legislation to reduce gun violence through the Senate and the House that so many of us I think want to see, particularly after the tragedy in Newtown
The president and his fellow Democrats have faced stiff opposition from Republican congressmen opposed to heavy handed gun control measures, as well as facing opposition from the influential National Rifle Association (NRA).
Democrats were forced to change some of their legislation measures that they had hoped to send to congress, amongst which was a drop on calling for an assault weapons ban, central to the president's gun control policy.
Republicans have said that they are open to more stringent background checks, as well as cracking down on straw purchases.
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