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Obama warns against blocking gun bill, man with BB gun arrested near motorcade

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) President Barack Obama says the contentious debate over gun control measures ``shouldn't be about politics.'' He's warning Republican lawmakers against using delay tactics to sink legislation.

Obama spoke Monday night about his gun proposals in Connecticut, where 20 children and 6 adults were killed in a horrific school shooting last year. The shooting spurred fresh debate in Washington over gun control measures.

The president is singling out GOP lawmakers who want to use procedural maneuvers to block legislation. Obama says the move would be akin to saying the public's opinion doesn't matter.

He's also challenging the notion that gun legislation would be a political victory for him. He says the debate ``isn't about me'' and should instead focus on families that have been torn apart by violence.

Police in Connecticut say they arrested a man who pulled out a rifle-like BB gun as President Barack Obama's motorcade passed by him.

Authorities say the man was pacing back and forth and then pulled out the gun yesterday as the motorcade went by in Bloomfield while returning to Bradley International Airport, after the president's speech on gun control at the University of Hartford.

Bloomfield police have not released the man's name or the charges against him.

Police say officers noticed the man acting suspiciously and took him into custody by force when he pulled out the gun.

The man is expected to be arraigned in Hartford Superior Court today.

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