President Barack Obama unveiled steps of his own to curb gun violence Tuesday, saying he will bypass Congress which seems to be controlled by the gun lobby.
He said he will institute new executive actions that do not conflict with the Second Amendment making his remarks said from the White House at an event with gun violence victims and their families. “But I also believe that we can find ways to reduce gun violence consistent with the Second Amendment.”
The president says anyone who sells firearms must be licensed and conduct background checks no matter where the guns are sold which includes gun shows and on the Internet. (an attempt to alleviate what’s become known as the “gun show loophole.”)
He also wants better enforcement and is calling on congress to authorize money to hire an additional 200 atf agents to ensure better reporting of lost and stolen guns.
And he says we need to authorize more money for mental health treatment.
The president says he’s proposing common sense rules that even many gun owners support in terms of the background checks.
But members of the area congressional delegations disagree.
Congressman Buddy Carter, (R) Georgia 1st District said the president is overstepping and “trying to take advantge of tragedy, true tragedies and to put forward his own anti-gun agenda through these trageidies. And that’s really unfortunatee and really sad that a rogue president would do this in our country at this time.”
Congressman Mark Sandford, (R) South Carolina said “whether you want more more control or lessgun control, I think whatever camp you’re in, I think we’d all have to agree that any change has to be made and only to be made through the legislative process.”
Georgia Senator Davie Perdue said “President Obama is again attempting to use executive action to govern, only this time he is threatening the Second Amendment. Any changes to our nation’s gun laws deserve serious public debate and must protect the rights of law-abiding citizens. Understandably, Georgians and citizens across the country want us to do all that we can to prevent further incidents of mass gun violence in the United States. Unfortunately, by once again choosing to circumvent the people’s representatives in Congress, President Obama has only served to undermine the Constitution and further polarize this issue.”
But the president pointed out that Congress has taken no action, not even on changes to mental health. He said a republican and democratic led coalition came somewhat close three years ago but that legislation couldn’t stand up to the influential gun lobby, not even after 20 children were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
“Every time I think about those kids, it makes me mad,” said Obama with tears in his eyes. “And it happens every day on the streets of Chicago every day too,” said Obama. “So all of us need to demand a Congress brave enough to stan up to the gun lobby’s lies and demand that our legislators and governors do their part to make our communitiies safer.”
An impassioned Obama seems determined to make a dent in mass shootings by implementing the rules but Congressmen Carter and Sanford are already among many others that say Congress will not cooperate, not even to authorize the money for additional ATF agents.