BREAKING: Obama Talks Gun Control Following Recent Shootings
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President Obama was engaged in a public question and answer session on the microblogging website Tumblr today following the recent news about the school shooting Oregon.
The president used the platform to address gun control and his administration. According to POLITICO’s coverage of the event,
President Barack Obama said Tuesday that it was “stunning to me” that Congress did not take real action to tighten gun laws following the late 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
“My biggest frustration so far is that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do just unbelievable damage.”
“I respect gun rights but the idea that, for example, we couldn’t get a background check bill in — it makes no sense,” he said. “And I don’t know if anybody saw the brief press conference from the father of the young man who had been killed in Santa Barbara, and as a father myself I cannot understand the pain he must be going through. The primal scream … why aren’t we doing something about this?”
“If public opinion does not demand change in Congress, it will not change,” he said. “Most members of Congress — I have to say to some degree this is bipartisan — are terrified of the NRA.”
It should be noted that the NRA is made up of well over 5 million dues paying Americans, and likely several million more dues paying members who hold membership in other national gun rights organizations such as the Second Amendment Foundation and Gun Owners of Americans as well as countless grassroots organizations at the state level across the country.
It is unlikely gun control will become an issue this year since it is an election year, but if Democrats gain control of Congress this election I’m sure we’ll see a renewed push, and likely passage, of a gun control bill in 2015.