President Obama rang in the new year with a weekly address posted this morning, this one mostly focused on gun control and plans for executive actions.
There were reports earlier this week that the president would make some announcements about executive actions about guns early in the new year, and in the video address, Obama emphasized gun violence as a big part of his “unfinished business” in his final year in office.
The president brought up mass shootings of the past few years and lamented how “the gun lobby mobilized against” what he said are common-sense reforms supported by the vast majority of the American people.
As for executive actions, Obama said, “On Monday, I’ll meet with our Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, to discuss our options. Because I get 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.”
He said he believes in the Second Amendment, but just wants to keep guns out of the hands of “an irresponsible, dangerous few.”
Obama concluded by saying people need to step up and counter the “loud” gun lobby.
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