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President Obama is preparing to enact new gun control measures through executive order, the White House has confirmed. Press Secretary Josh Earnest addressed reporters on Monday, noting gun control is a “high priority” and,

“… will continue to be until we start to see more progress on this issue in this town […] I can tell you that they’re not stumped, they’re continuing to review the law that’s on the books and continuing to consult with legal authorities but also others who may have ideas about what steps that can be taken to keep guns out of the hands of criminals“.

The announcement comes as Hillary Clinton unveils part of her own strategy for gun control, including extended background checks on gun sales and holding manufacturers “accountable for negligence”. Clinton also hinted she would utilize executive action if elected to the presidency. Speaking to a group of students at Florida’s Broward College, Clinton said, “we took them on in the 90’s. We’re gonna take them on again. And I need your help to do that”.

Related: Liberal Panel Stumped- Can’t Name One Policy That Would Prevent Mass Shootings

The latest push to introduce gun control comes after nine people were shot and killed at Umpqua Community College in Oregon last week. Proponents say new measures will prevent criminals and the mentally ill from obtaining guns, while critics blast the move as a violation of the Second Amendment.

Earnest also blamed the National Rifle Association for repeatedly blocking Congress’s attempts to take action on the “gun show loophole” that allows criminals to purchase weapons in the first place.

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4 Responses

  1. TKList
    TKList

    As long as there are people willing to kill people, people will need the right to be armed.

    We have the 2nd Amendment not to protect against the fools we have voted for now, but in case we vote for Mussolini or Hitler like fools in the future.

    Most gun deaths are from:
    2006 Total (30896)
    55% Suicides (16992)
    41% Homicides (12667)
    2% Unintentional (accidents) (618)
    1% Legal Intervention (309)
    1% Other (309)

    2010 Total (31,076)
    62% Suicides (19392)
    35 % Homicides (11,078)
    2% Unintentional (accidents) (606)

    You will not stop suicides with gun control, you will just change the the method used. Better mental health is the best way to decrease suicides.

    Solutions to gun violence:
    1. Remove public-sector gun free zones.
    2. Enact better mental health laws and treatment. (Mandatory treatment for those adjudicated violent mentally ill.)
    3. End the drug war and decriminalize drugs.

    Allow teachers to be armed if they wish. Require they are trained.

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