The United States has a glaring problem that needs to be addressed: gun control. It’s not for lack of trying, but President Obama has struggled to come to terms with Congress on a solution – and that’s because Congress have been obstinate. Now it seems we’ll finally have something tangible to hang our hats on.
This coming Monday, President Barack Obama will meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss how the government can crack down on gun restrictions, and in the next few days Obama hopes to announce a new executive action that would expand background checks for gun sales. These plans are not complete and could be delayed by unforeseen circumstances that always seem to arise when government tries to do anything, but gun control advocates are expecting to have something by next week ahead of Obama’s State of the Union address on Jan. 12.
“Change, as always, is going to take all of us,” Obama said in his weekly address. “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. That’s the work of citizenship — to stand up and fight for the change that we seek.”
“It is complicated. That’s why it’s taken some time for our policy folks, our lawyers, and our experts to work through this and see what’s possible,” said White House spokesman Eric Schultz.
Naturally, a spokesperson for the NRA said the group had no comment. This comes after the group told CNN that Obama’s “gun control agenda was rejected by Congress. Now, he is doing what he always does when he doesn’t get his way, defying the will of the people and using executive action.”
Whatever your stance on gun control and the right to bear arms, you must agree that anyone who is on a no-fly list should not be allowed to purchase a weapon. What’s more, the “gun show loophole,” which lets certain arms dealers at gun shows by pass background checks, must be abolished. The President could wind up flexing his authoritative muscle on the issue, but we’ll have to wait and hear what’s said in his announcement – and evaluate the reaction – before we know where we truly stand.