President Obama Unveils Sweeping Gun Control Overhaul

Critics say the president is abusing his power bypassing congress and ignoring the 2nd amendment of the constitution.

Nevertheless, he has taken 23 executive actions, all dealing with gun control.

Demanding that congress do thier part.

Backed by children who wrote him letters calling for change, President Obama outlined 23 executive orders on gun control he believes he can implement now without congressional approval.

  • They include allowing a government crack down on gun crimes by tracking stolen guns, and prosecuting people who use them.
  • Improve background checks with more mental health reporting and information sharing.
  • Reviewing safety standards for gun locks and safes
  • Upping school safety resources

The president is also calling on congress to pass legislation to ban military style assault weapons, armor piercing bullets, ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, and stricter gun trafficking laws.

But getting that legislation passed,  even in the democrat controlled senate: easier said than done.

“The numbers around the country- most people favor having the ability of people to carry guns.  The American people want us to be very cautious about this,” Sen. Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader.

Reid from Nevada is a gun owner,  but his reluctance is due to a political reality.  Some half a dozen senate democrats up for reelection next year represent pro gun states. Support for gun control puts them in the cross hairs of the NRA.

For the now the NRA is targeting President Obama with a just released TV commercial, calling him an “elitist hypocrite” for being skeptical of the NRA’s call for armed guards in schools,  while his 2 daughters are protected by the Secret Service.

And attend a private school with 11 armed guards.

“The only way we will be able to change is if their audience, their constituents, their membership says this time must be different, that this time we must do something to protect our communities and our kids.  I will put everything I’ve got into this and so will Joe but I tell ya, the only way we can change is if the American people demand it,” Obama says.

Proposed executive actions:

  • Crack down on gun crimes
  • Improve background checks/mental health reporting.
  • Reviewing safety standards for gun locks and safes
  • School safety resources

Proposed congressional actions

  • Ban military style assault weapons
  • Ban armor piercing bullets
  • Ban large ammunition magazines
  • Stricter gun trafficking laws
  • More cops on the street

–Glen Walker

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