On Wednesday, President Obama initiated 23 executive actions designed to help combat gun violence. But as he himself acknowledged, there’s only so much he can do on his own. The “most important” changes, he said, need to go through Congress.
“To make a real and lasting difference, Congress too must act,” said the president. “And Congress must act soon.”
There are three main actions that the president wants Congress to take. The first is to mandate background checks for anyone who wants to buy a gun. (Right now, gun buyers who want to avoid background checks can, for instance, purchase a gun from a private seller at a gun show.) The second is to reinstate the ban on military-style assault weapons and limit ammunition magazines to 10 rounds. And the third is to confirm Todd Jones as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Congress has not confirmed an ATF director in six years, and the president argued that doing so would improve the ability of that organization to help law enforcement in combating gun violence.
The president is also calling on Congress to ban armor-piercing bullets and pass new gun trafficking laws, pass his $4 billion plan that would provide funding for 15,000 police officers, and “end the freeze” on funding public health research on gun violence. FULL ARTICLE