President Barack Obama says he will meet U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to work out the details of plans he has to help to reduce gun violence. There have been multiple reports that President Obama will likely tighten up existing gun laws on the books by using executive action on the issue.
Even though President Obama has the legal ability close some gun laws and it is far from what he wants you can bet that the NRA will battle him on this issue. The President has the polls and law enforcement officials backing on the issue, so he is moving forward.
Frustrated with little action from Congress, Obama has vowed to use “whatever power this office holds” to put in place gun control measures through executive action, which does not require congressional approval.
The President in his weekly recorded address on Friday, said he has received “too many letters from parents, and teachers, and kids, to sit around and do nothing.”
He has repeatedly urged Congress to tighten gun laws, with his calls growing louder following the 2012 massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, and again this year after mass shootings in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and San Bernardino, California.
“A few months ago, I directed my team at the White House to look into any new actions I can take to help reduce gun violence,” Obama said in the address. “And on Monday, I’ll meet with our attorney general, Loretta Lynch, to discuss our options.”
The Washington Post, citing several individuals briefed on the matter, said Obama and Lynch would “finalize a set of executive actions on guns that he will unveil next week.”
“We know that we can’t stop every act of violence,” Obama said. “But what if we tried to stop even one? What if Congress did something – anything – to protect our kids from gun violence?”
The Post said Obama would use his executive authority in several areas, including expanding new background-check requirements for buyers who purchase weapons from high-volume dealers.
“Change, as always, is going to take all of us,” said Obama, who is on vacation with his family in Hawaii.
“The gun lobby is loud and well organized in its defense of effortlessly available guns for anyone. The rest of us are going to have to be just as passionate and well organized in our defense of our kids.”
On Thursday, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said President Obama was aware Congress was unlikely to act on gun reform.
“That is why he has asked his team to scrub existing legal authorities to see if there’s any additional action we can take administratively,” Schultz said.
“The president has made clear he’s not satisfied with where we are and expects that work to be completed soon.
Police Chiefs from throughout the country including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington have all asked President Obama to use his executive powers to do what Congress would not do. We will see how received in a presidential campaign year.