Obama backs ban on assault weapons
BARACK Obama has thrown his weight behind the campaign to reinstate a ban on assault weapons.
Mr Obama's support for new legislation being proposed by a senior Democrat senator came two days after he called for unspecified "change" at a memorial service for the 20 child victims of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Meanwhile, police say an 11-year-old boy caught with a gun at school in Utah told administrators he brought the weapon to defend himself in case of an attack similar to the mass shooting in Connecticut. The boy has been arrested by police. (© Daily Telegraph, London)