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Clinton Wants Strict Gun Laws

President Clinton will ask Congress for money and stricter gun laws to help stem school violence such as the attack last week at a Colorado high school in which 15 people were killed.

Mr. Clinton said in his weekly radio address Saturday that he wants to keep guns away from juveniles and will seek $12 million for emergency teams "to help communities respond when tragedy strikes."

Gun-control legislation the president is requesting would focus on keeping guns out of the hands of juveniles and providing money to help schools hire counselors and mentors and buy metal detectors.

"The government must take responsibility," Mr. Clinton said in the address. "We must do more to prevent violence in our schools."

Mr. Clinton said his Safe Schools Bill would crack down on gun shows and illegal gun trafficking, prohibit "violent juveniles" from being able to buy guns and close "the loophole that lets juveniles own assault rifles."

The bill would provide money to school systems across the nation to help prevent repeats of last week's Littleton violence.

During his address, the president also appealed to the media and entertainment industries "to make every video game and movie as if your own children were watching it," reports CBS News Correspondent Mark Knoller.

Citing the First Lady's book as a reference, the president said "the more children see of violence, the more numb they are to the deadly consequences of violence."

He said "video games like 'Mortal Kombat,' 'Killer Instinct,' and 'Doom' - the very game played obsessively by the two young men who ended so many lives in Littleton - make our children more active participants in simulated violence."

The president quoted psychologist David Grossman as pointing out that these games "teach young people to kill with all the precision of a military training program."

Mr. Clinton said there should be a label on the outside of every video, but he said that "what counts is what's on the inside and what it will do to the insides of our young people."

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