President Obama said, “In the days ahead, I intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make them a reality. If there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try.”
President Obama has announced his plan to reduce gun violence in America. The plan includes universal background checks, a ban on military-style weapons, limits on high-capacity magazines, and new gun trafficking laws. The New York Times reports,
President Obama called upon Congress on Wednesday to toughen America’s gun laws to confront mass shootings and everyday gun violence, betting that public opinion has shifted enough to support the broadest push for gun control in a generation.
He also promised to act without Congressional approval to increase the enforcement of existing gun laws and improve the flow of information among federal agencies to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and others who shouldn’t have them.
Wednesday’s announcement reflected a decision by the White House to seize on public outrage to challenge the political power of the National Rifle Association and other forces that have successfully fought new gun laws for decades.
This is the first major push on gun control at a federal level in nearly twenty years, though it remains to be seen how the legislative portion of the agenda will fare with an entrenched Republican majority in the House, and whether the proposed provisions will prove effective.