On Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 during a televised speech on gun control President Obama proposed the most aggressive and expansive national gun-control agenda in generations. President Obama proposed 23 gun control executives actions and urged Congress to pass additional changes and fund research related to gun violence. This is a reaction to the public outcry for reform due to the recent mass shootings in Newtown, Aurora Oak Creek and Tucson. The President’s proposal included: 1. Closing background check loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands 2. Banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines 3. Making schools safer; and 4. Increasing access to mental health services.
Also included in the proposal is a nomination to make B. Todd James the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives the permanent director. Currently the position hasn’t been filled for the last 6 years. Possibly filling this position could aid in ATF’s role in protecting the American public.
According to the President “the only way we can change is if the American people demand it.” American citizens have to fight for reform on issues that strike at the core of there moral values. The questions isn’t rather the President is trampling on gun bearers rights but rather does the right to bear arms enable others to fulfill there basic right which is to live. For more information learn more at whitehouse.gov /now -is-the-time.