Obama 'Confident' Gun Executive Actions are 'Entirely Consistent' with Second Amendment
Just a couple days after returning from his Hawaii vacation, President Obama will start the new year by making an announcement on gun-control executive actions tomorrow morning.
The White House announced the scheduled East Room remarks "to reduce gun violence and make our communities safe" after Obama appeared in the Oval Office today with Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
"Building on the significant steps that have already been taken over the past several years, the president will discuss a series of commonsense executive actions," the White House said of the impending announcement scheduled for Tuesday at 11:40 a.m. EST.
"Although it is my strong belief that for us to get our complete arm around the problem Congress needs to act, what I asked my team to do is to see what more we could do to strengthen our enforcement and prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands to make sure that criminals, people who are mentally unstable, those who could pose a danger to themselves or others are less likely to get them," Obama told reporters today.
The president said he'd received ideas from Lynch and FBI Director James Comey about "initiatives that they think can make a difference."
"And the good news is, is that these are not only recommendations that are well within my legal authority and the executive branch, but they’re also ones that the overwhelming majority of the American people, including gun owners, support and believe," Obama said.
"So over the next several days, we’ll be rolling out these initiatives. We’ll be making sure that people have a very clear understanding of what can make a difference and what we can do," he added. "And although we have to be very clear that this is not going to solve every violent crime in this country, it’s not going to prevent every mass shooting, it’s not going to keep every gun out of the hands of a criminal, it will potentially save lives and spare families the pain and the extraordinary loss that they’ve suffered as a consequence of a firearm getting in the hands of the wrong people."
Obama stressed that he's "confident that the recommendations that are being made by my team here are ones that are entirely consistent with the Second Amendment and people’s lawful right to bear arms."