WASHINGTON D.C., – The United States has always been severely criticised for its gun laws or the lack thereof, an issue that has resulted in the loss of many American lives. Despite the many incidents of mass shooting, there was no concrete legislative action taken to ensure that these incidents don’t happen again. While President Barack Obama expressed his shock and grief at each instance, his efforts to ensure the implementation of gun control was repeatedly shot down. Let’s just say American politicians just did not want to touch the issue of gun control.

But things were to change this week and this was confirmed when the White House released a statement saying: “Columbine. Blacksburg. Newtown. Aurora. Tucson. Oak Creek. Charleston. San Bernardino.

“Too many communities across the country are still suffering from the heartbreaking consequences of a gun in the wrong hands. In the past decade, more than 100,000 people have died as a result of gun violence. Many of these crimes were committed by people who never should have been able to purchase a gun in the first place.

“Sympathy is not enough to stop gun violence. Congress has repeatedly failed to take action, blocking commonsense reforms supported by the vast majority of the American people – including gun owners themselves.

“The President has a responsibility to do everything in his power to reduce gun violence. This week, he will.”

On January 5, President Obama announced an executive action without Congress approval. This action was designed to expand background checks for anyone who wished to purchase a gun. While the President was extremely passionate and emotional in his speech, he was highly critical of the Congress’ inaction on the matter.

“Every time I think about those kids it gets me mad,” said the President with tears streaming down his eyes. “And by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day.”

The President’s plan makes background checks of gun purchasers mandatory, especially so for gun shows and online gun purchases. Moreover, the executive action will streamline the FBI’s background-check process.

According to a CNN/ORC poll, 43 % seemed to be in strong favour of these plans, with 21% strongly opposing them. Similarly, 24% moderately favoured the plans and 11% moderately opposed them. Only 2% of those who voted had no opinion on the matter.

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