President Obama Announces Executive Actions To Limit Mass Shootings In America
In light of the recent events in Oregon and across the country, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, has delivered on his promise to curb gun usages in the country. Delivering a speech from the White House this morning, the 44th Commander-in-Chief announced a series of executive actions limiting guns, increasing background checks and creating rules to check mental health, which is all intended to prod Congress to take further action.
As Obama spoke from the East Room to an audience full of families of gun violence victims from Sandy Hook to gun owners and advocates, the president passionately talked about the death and massacres experienced across the country, but focused in on one that was particularly emotional to him and others. “I know the pain that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her family have endured these past five years,” Obama told the masses at the White House and those streaming online.
“And then I think of all the Americans who are not as fortunate.”
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was wounded in a mass shooting in Tuscon, Arizona, five years ago this week.
“Every single year, 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by gun violence,” Obama remarked. And with that said, the president offered up his executive actions, which were first previewed by the White House on Monday, and effectively delivered them to clamp down on unlicensed gun selling and exploitation. “The problem is that some gun sellers have been operating by a different set of rules,” Obama said. “That doesn’t make sense.”
These unlicensed gun runners have been using hobbyists, trade shows and collection events as excuses to avoid having to run criminal background checks on gun purchasers. Obama and his administration are planning on increasing the enforcement of such measure that combat exploitation and unlicensed gun selling. By streamlining the background check system, researching “smart gun” technology and investing $500 million in mental health care, Obama’s plan is to make it harder to pull a trigger on a gun than it is to open a bottle of aspirin.
Consistent with gun rights, Obama believes that these measures should fall right in line with the Second Amendment, a law which hasn’t helped out a certain segment of the American population. “I believe in the Second Amendment. It’s there written on paper. It guarantees the right to bear arms. No matter how much people try to twist my words around, I taught constitutional law, I know a little bit about this. I get it,” Obama said. “This is not a plot to take away everybody’s guns.”
Placing these common-sense measures and making them law could keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them. Whether they are mentally unfit or tied into a collective that doesn’t extol positive virtues, these new rules will impact those like the Oregon “militia” and shooters like Dylann Roof from risking people’s safety to worship it holy places, which have been targets of gun violence in recent years.
“Instead of focusing on how to solve the problem, this has become one of our most polarized, partisan debates,” Obama said in a tone that moved from exasperation to incredulity. “How did we get here? How did we get to the place where people think expanded background checks is an excuse to take away people’s guns?” Obama’s plan is an attempt to not only educate Americans on gun laws in the country, but to also incite them to “demand [for] a Congress brave enough to stand up to the gun lobby’s lies,” which means the NRA is not going to be happy about this.
Watch the video of the president’s chat below and offer some thoughts or comments for us in the section for consideration!