United States President Barack Obama spoke passionately at the White House midday Tuesday as he detailed the executive actions he will take in an effort to reduce gun violence.
“The gun lobby may be holding Congress hostage right now, but they cannot hold America hostage. We do not have to accept this carnage as the price of freedom.”
Survivors of gun violence and victims’ loved ones were on hand for the announcement. In light of the many mass shootings during his time in office, Obama said he’s tired of waiting for Congress to act, so he’s pursuing measures at reducing gun violence via executive action, without any help from Congress.
“In Dr. King’s words, ‘we need to feel the fierce urgency of now’, because people are dying and the constant excuses for inaction no longer do.”
Obama became emotional when recounting the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre, which saw 20 children and 6 adult staff members killed.
“Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad. And by the way – it happens on the streets of Chicago every day.”
The focal point of the proposals is a more sweeping definition of gun dealers. Obama hopes that would expand the number of sales that are subject to background checks, including online sales and sales at gun shows. The proposals also include stricter rules to keep criminals, people with mental health issues, and domestic abusers from purchasing guns as well as funding technological developments to improve firearm safety and increasing law enforcement to go after illegal weapons.