Breaking news: Barack Obama makes major gun control address

It’s been a long time coming, and he hasn’t exactly been shy in his feelings, however today Barack Obama has

It’s been a long time coming, and he hasn’t exactly been shy in his feelings, however today Barack Obama has given his strongest indication yet that he will be pushing through harsh gun control measures ASAP.

The United States President has revealed he will meet with Attorney-General Loretta Lynch on Monday to discuss ways of reducing gun violence unilaterally through measures that do not require congressional approval, reports the ABC.

He is pushing to expand background checks when guns are obtained, among other strict policies.

Mr Obama, in his weekly recorded address and the first of the new year, said he had received “too many letters from parents, and teachers, and kids, to sit around and do nothing.

“I get letters from responsible gun owners who grieve with us every time these tragedies happen.

“Who share my belief that the second amendment guarantees a right to bear arms and who share my belief we can protect that right while keeping an irresponsible, dangerous few from inflicting harm on a massive scale.

“Change is going to take all of us. The gun lobby is loud and well organised in its defence of effortlessly available guns for anyone.

“The rest of us are going to be have to be just as passionate in our defence of our kids”.

Obama may also push requirements for dealers to report lost and stolen guns to the National Crime Information Centre, ensuring those with domestic violence convictions cannot buy guns and heavy penalties for those who attempt to buy guns illegally.

Mr Obama has repeatedly urged Congress to tighten gun laws but nothing has happened yet, despite more than 1 mass shooting every day in 2015.

“Three years ago, a bipartisan, commonsense bill would have required background checks for virtually everyone who buys a gun,” he said in the address.

“Keep in mind there is a policy that is supported by some 90 per cent of the American people.

“It was supported by a majority of NRA households but the gun lobby mobilised against it and the senate blocked it.

“Since then tens of thousands of our fellow Americans have been mowed down by gun violence. Tens of thousands.”

“A few months ago, I directed my team at the White House to look into any new actions I can take to help reduce gun violence,” Mr Obama said.

“And on Monday, I’ll meet with our Attorney-General, Loretta Lynch, to discuss our options.”

“We know that we can’t stop every act of violence,” Mr Obama said.

“But what if we tried to stop even one? What if Congress did something — anything — to protect our kids from gun violence?”


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  1. My prayers are with him. It is his last term so he has nothing to lose and everything to gain.

  2. I am not a gun lover in stretch however, I do not trust Obama one little bit. He has proved his disloyalty to the American people over and over again. He is certainly NOT addressing the overseas problems and this “grab for guns” will not stop the criminals/terrorists etc from getting hold of weapons. All it means is that people have no way of defending themselves when the S@#% hits the fan as it surely will the way things are going!

    • How is defending yourselves when not one of these mass murders was ever stopped by an ordinary American with a gun……

      • lurch  

        You can only talk to those who are willing to listen, something the NRA is not willing to do. I seem to recall Donald Trump saying “if the victims had guns this would have ended differently” but every day we hear of another mass shooting which usually ends with him shooting himself or shot by the police. So how does Donald Trumps speech of more guns solve anything.

      • pitchag  

        The media does not print or report instances of self protection, there have been many instances of a mass killing stopped by an armed civilian, two of them was in a church and there are many more of householders shooting back when their home has been invaded again the main stream media does not report these instances. One was a a concealed carry guy walked in on a shop robbery where the gunman had the staff kneeling getting ready to shoot them, he walked in the shop drew his gun and killed the robber, much to the disgust of the robbers mother who actually said he should have minded his own business and her son would be alive ( to kill and rob again). A friend of mine in Nerang Qld killed a robber who came in shooting into his jewellry store and saved his life and that of his wife and son, if he had no means to protect himself the family would have been wiped out

    • Judith these murders were in gun free zones where it was against the law to carry a gun. Terrorists and criminals are smart, they know not to go where guns are avaialable to ordinary citizens. California have such strict gun laws already but public facilities do not have armed security guards nor do colleges, movie theatres.

    • Judith Forbes, you need to do a bit more research. Murderers have been stopped by private gun owners time and again. However it doesn’t fit ‘the agenda’ and so is rarely mentioned.

      A gunman at a school was stopped early last year when a deputy principal got his pistol from his car and shot the gunman. A mass killing was prevented at a “Draw a Cartoon of Mohammed” contest when an off duty police officer took out 2 of the Permanently Offended religion who were armed with assault rifles (which aren’t actually for assault, but the Progressives have labeled them as such).

      There’s far more to the issue than the media tells you.

  3. Let’s hope Obama can make a difference, it’s ridiculous all those people dying, and for what, so some people think it it’s their right to be armed

  4. Of course he will push it through, he doesn’t have long to run and he hasn’t been able to get the gun lobby onside. He will have a fight on his hands if he changes the second amendment.

  5. Barrack was a gift to the USA. His stand on gun control is exactly the right thing to do but he has strong opposition which is weird considering it’s a no brainer. He was brought to tears by Aretha Franklins performance at the Kennedy Centre Honours which shows the man has heart. If only he could seek another term.

    • I believe he’s not too popular over there …. having said that without living there ,I thought he was doing a good job. Good luck I say, but it’s not going to happen ,the gun control lobby is too powerful :/

    • I live in the U.S. and Obama has not done anything to help improve the plight of the people because he actually hates America, he never was raised in the country, is a Muslim and his intentions were never to help America be successful.

    • Pam Majerle yes that’s right he became president because he hates America ….. Grow up

    • You can’t educate the right wing masses. They don’t even know or understand their own history let alone their Presidents. They just repeat hearsay over and over, and to be quite frank it’s getting more than a little tedious. Read and educate yourselves, for heavens sake.

  6. I wish him luck – he is up against big money and a concrete national pshyhe.

  7. Meanwhile children and innocent people die. He’s got an uphill battle with it entrenched into constitution. And gun lobbyists not willing to drop it. Get more guns! That’s worked well so far. NOT!!!!

    • The gun crazy population knew it was coming. Apparently after every mass shooting Americans panic and stock up their arsenal and ammunition. Donald has got them in his back pocket, appealing to every red neck.

    • If people at places like San Bernardino had guns, those two killers would have been stopped! You really think by taking guns from law abiding citizens, we will be more protected? That’s just a special kind of stupid!

    • Amen Brenda. Americans don’t run out and stock up on guns and ammo after mass shootings. They stock up every time the government talks about wanting to take them away. Pull your head out of the sand. And since when did any gun control measure stop a criminal from getting a gun. Look at San Bernadino. They got them from a friend.

    • Brenda Sherry .. is your attitude of “we need our guns” working. You have so many mass shootings because guns are so accessible. We have same social problems here in Australia .. same crazies etc but rare mass shootings because we don’t have access to guns. The bad guys still get them in every country yes .. but look at the result in countries where guns are in every home almost. So many deaths especially the children. Surely u girls can rally to change the archaic attitude over there

  8. Good on him for having the guts to say enough is enough, I hope he gets what he wants through and up the gun lobbyists backside, side ways.

  9. Sad he did nothing when it might have achieved something but it would have cost him votes, easy to be brave when you have nothing to lose. Typical politician. Winning first people second.

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