Wednesday, January 6, 2016

President Obama Delivers Emotional Address About New Regulations To Curb Gun Deaths (VIDEOS)

“We know that we can’t stop every act of violence. But what if we tried to stop even one?”

Today President Barack Obama defied the Republicans in Congress and pursued long-stalled gun control methods through executive action. In an emotional speech about gun violence he officially introduced a series of new regulations and proposals to keep the guns out of the hands of criminals.

Here is a clip of the address where the President becomes emotional discussing the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that took the lives of 20 small children...

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The president's associates have spoken many times about Obama’s emotional reaction to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and his meeting with the families of the victims afterward. Obama himself has called the shooting the most difficult day of his presidency and described his inability to address it, with new legislation, as his greatest frustration.

The new initiatives consist primarily of executive orders of which the most controversial of them seeks to address what’s become known as the “gun show loophole” . This is a hole in the gun control laws used by private gun buyers and sellers that frequently take place at gun shows and are not subject to the background checks that accompany sales through licensed gun dealers.

Obama announced that the federal government will finally require background checks for sales by any person “engaged in the business” of selling firearms, even if that person is not a commercial seller.

Obama also addressed his critics directly noting that background checks would effect other forms of gun violence, like individual homicides and suicides, and argued that even incremental progress is worthwhile if it saves a few lives saying...

Maybe we can try to stop one act of evil,” 

Obama then appealed directly to supporters of gun control and essentially begged them to vote against lawmakers and candidates who oppose gun legislation:

If you make it hard for them to block those laws, they’ll change course, I promise you.

Here is President Obama's full speech...

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Though Obama’s new regulations are considered minor and will merely shrink the gun show loophole they will undoubtably save lives. 

Like the President has said time and again…

We know that we can’t stop every act of violence. But what if we tried to stop even one?

Here is some further information on the subject and what the President's plans are...


Here’s what The President's actions are designed to do:

1) Keep guns out of the wrong hands through background checks

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is making clear that it doesn’t matter where you conduct your business—from a store, at gun shows, or over the Internet: If you’re in the business of selling firearms, you must get a license and conduct background checks.

ATF is finalizing a rule to require background checks for people trying to buy some of the most dangerous weapons and other items through a trust, corporation, or other legal entity.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch has sent a letter to States highlighting the importance of receiving complete criminal history records and criminal dispositions, information on persons disqualified because of a mental illness, and qualifying crimes of domestic violence.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is overhauling the background check system to make it more effective and efficient. The envisioned improvements include processing background checks 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and improving notification of local authorities when certain prohibited persons unlawfully attempt to buy a gun. The FBI will hire more than 230 additional examiners and other staff to help process these background checks.

2) Make our communities safer from gun violence

The Attorney General convened a call with U.S. Attorneys around the country to direct federal prosecutors to continue to focus on smart and effective enforcement of our gun laws.

The President’s FY2017 budget will include funding for 200 new ATF agents and investigators to help enforce our gun laws.

ATF has established an Internet Investigation Center to track illegal online firearms trafficking and is dedicating $4 million and additional personnel to enhance the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network.

ATF is finalizing a rule to ensure that dealers who ship firearms notify law enforcement if their guns are lost or stolen in transit.

The Attorney General issued a memo encouraging every U.S. Attorney’s Office to renew domestic violence outreach efforts.

3) Increase mental health treatment and reporting to the background check system

The Administration is proposing a new $500 million investment to increase access to mental health care.

The Social Security Administration has indicated that it will begin the rulemaking process to include information in the background check system about beneficiaries who are prohibited from possessing a firearm for mental health reasons.

The Department of Health and Human Services is finalizing a rule to remove unnecessary legal barriers preventing States from reporting relevant information about people prohibited from possessing a gun for specific mental health reasons.

4) Shape the future of gun safety technology

The President has directed the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security to conduct or sponsor research into gun safety technology

The President has also directed the departments to review the availability of smart gun technology on a regular basis, and to explore potential ways to further its use and development to more broadly improve gun safety.


Gun Violence in America: By the Numbers

MORE THAN 4 MILLION:

Number of American victims of assaults, robberies, and other crimes involving a gun in the last decade

MORE THAN 30,000:

Number of gun deaths in America each year

MORE THAN 20,000:

Number of children under 18 killed by firearms over the last decade

MORE THAN 20,000:

Number of Americans who commit suicide with a firearm each year

466:

Number of law enforcement officers shot and killed by felons over the last decade

3:

Number of days after which a gun dealer can sell a gun to an individual if a background check is not yet complete



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