« There is nothing we cannot accomplish when we stand together«
In the face of inaction from Congress, today President Obama is announcing two commonsense executive actions that will make our communities safer from gun violence: requiring criminal background checks on more gun sales, and preventing fewer guns from falling into the wrong hands.
This is an extraordinary victory for our movement, and one that will save lives.
When Congress failed to take action to close these loopholes after the tragedy in Newtown, the team at Americans for Responsible Solutions — backed by almost one million Americans like you — set to work with President Obama, Vice President Biden, and the rest of the administration to find a way to make our communities safer, even if Congress wouldn’t cooperate.
Today we will see the results of our tireless work and your dedicated support. Specifically, President Obama will:
- Clarify what defines a gun dealer, so criminal background checks will be required on more sales at gun shows, online, and elsewhere, and step up enforcement on those who ignore the law.
- Strengthen the background check system by increasing staff, introducing new technology, and encouraging states to include needed records.
- Require federally licensed gun dealers to report lost or stolen guns, which will help reduce the illegal gun trade.
- Call for a new increase in mental health funding and resources.
Because it will require many more gun sales to be covered by a criminal background check, these executive actions are the biggest victory for our federal gun laws since the Brady Bill.
Nearly 90% of Americans continue to support criminal background checks for all gun sales. But we know that the gun lobby and its allies in Congress won’t be happy with President Obama taking action to make communities safer from gun violence — no matter how few people agree with their views. That’s why it’s important for us to thank President Obama for closing these loopholes to let him know that we stand with him.
Our country has a gun violence crisis, but today’s victory is an important step to make communities safer from gun violence.
There is nothing we cannot accomplish when we stand together.
Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly
Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC
Plus – « President Barack Obama bypassed Congress on Tuesday, unveiling a unilateral initiative designed to curb gun violence in the U.S. through a series of executive actions.
The new executive actions do not conflict with the Second Amendment, Obama 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. »
In an effort to expand background checks for buyers, the White House introduced a new requirement for individuals « in the business of selling firearms » to register as licensed gun dealers, effectively narrowing the so-called « gun show loophole, » which exempts most small sellers from keeping formal sales records.
The initiative also provides more funding for mental health treatment, FBI staff and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives agents ».