President Barack Obama wiped away tears during a Jan. 5 press conference, as the memory of thousands of innocent Americans slain by gun violence remains fresh in his mind. To prevent any more senseless killings, the President has announced a new range of gun control measures.
Barack Obama, 54, could not stand idly by for any longer. For too long, he’s watched as so many Americans — including children — have had their lives tragically cut short by gun violence. With tears in his eyes, the President unveiled his plan to stop the seemingly endless shootings while still respecting the constitutional rights of the American people.
The horrible Sandy Hook tragedy was in President Obama’s thoughts during his Jan. 5 press conference. “Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad,” he said, according to CNN. Since Congress has “failed” to act in President Obama’s eyes, he decided to take the initiative and issue some executive orders on gun control.
He announced that anyone selling guns, whether they’re at a gun show or online, must now be a licensed dealer and absolutely must conduct background checks. This would close a gun show loophole that allows anyone to walk away from an event with a gun, whether they have a criminal record or not. Barack also said he would make the process more efficient, so it would be easier for gun dealers and buyers to complete a background check.
The federal government would also beef up how they enforce the current gun control laws, as President Obama said he would hire over 200 new ATF agents. He also said his administration would work with organizations, like domestic violence outreach programs, to curb gun violence before it starts. Barack also plans to partner with the private sector to develop new technologies that would make guns safer and easier to track if they are lost or stolen.
Finally, Barack said that he would utilize the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) to expand mental health services. The American president said he would spend $500 million to help those struggling with mental issues find the health they need, since 2 out of every 3 gun deaths are suicides.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 5, 2016
Those attending the president’s press conference supported these new measures, but Paul Ryan, the Republican Speaker of the House, issued a statement slamming the executive orders. “The president has never respected the right to safe and legal gun ownership,” Paul said, adding that “everything the president has done can be overturned by a Republican president, which is another reason we must win in November.”
Pretty strongly worded statement from Speaker Paul Ryan on Obama's executive order on background checks for guns. pic.twitter.com/zaTMkb2xNv
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 5, 2016
Paul and his fellow Republicans’ inaction is, in his opinion, why President Obama had to issue the executive orders, as he noted that they prevented any gun control reform from being passed following the Sandy Hook massacre. “This is why we’re here today,” Barack said. “Not to debate the last mass shooting, but to prevent the next one.”
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