With Republicans in Congress defying the wishes of a majority of the American people, President Obama is finalizing his plan to take executive action on gun violence.
President Barack Obama’s advisers are finalizing a proposal that would expand background checks on gun sales without congressional approval.
White House adviser Valerie Jarrett says the president has asked his team to complete a proposal and submit it for his review “in short order.” She says the recommendations will include measures to expand background checks.
Polling reveals that the vast majority of Americans agree with the President on this issue. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found that 77% of Americans support not allowing people who are on the terror watch list to buy guns. By a margin of 58%-8%, people support making the laws related to gun sales more strict, and 92% of those surveyed supported requiring a federal background check on all gun buyers.
Republicans will freak out as soon as the President announces his executive actions, but the vast majority of the American people are likely going to support his executive orders.
Most Americans are smarter than the NRA and the Republican members of Congress that they control think they are. The American people understand that expanding background checks is not the same as taking away everyone’s guns.
Decent law abiding people who want to buy guns have nothing to fear from an expanding background check system. If a person can’t pass a background check, they probably shouldn’t be allowed to buy a gun.
As the body count from mass shootings has piled up, Obama has grown increasingly frustrated and disgusted with the Republican refusal to take a few simple common sense steps to make the American people safer.
Obama will lead where Republican refuse, and use his executive power to make it more difficult for potential mass shooters to legally buy a gun.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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