MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Democratic presidential rivals Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are both calling on the nation to take a stand on gun violence after Thursday's shooting rampage at Northern Illinois University.
Obama says he respects the Second Amendment, but that there's no reason local governments can't initiate gun safety laws to deal with violence in their communities.
Campaigning in Ohio, Clinton says the government has to do everything it can in taking "reasonable steps" to keep children safe. She says while the nation can respect the Second Amendment right to bear arms, authorities still have to keep guns out of the hands of "criminals, terrorists, gang members and people with mental health problems."
The gunman in Thursday's shooting, Stephen Kazmierczak, was said have erratic behavior after he stopped taking medication in the past few weeks. Kazmierczak shot and killed five people before killing himself.