President Obama has had enough of gun violence. Sympathy alone is not enough and he believes being able to stop certain people from owning a gun should be the first course of action. This is why he has used executive action to modify rules when it comes to gun control. However, the current U.S. President is not gaining support or approval from everyone. Just ask the current set of Republican presidential candidates.
For starters, Carly Fiorina referred to President Obama’s latest executive action as “another lawless, unconstitutional overreach.” She said that the President should work on enforcing existing laws instead. The same sentiment was also voiced out by Senator Ted Cruz who also started a pledge to fight back against President Obama’s move. Meanwhile, Dr. Ben Carson made several remarks regarding President Obama’s speech on his Twitter page. Most notably, the Republican Presidential candidate said, “The President’s actions have everything to do with advancing his political agenda & little to do with actually protecting American citizens.” At the same time, Jeb Bush vowed to repeal President Obama’s executive orders and to protect the 2nd Amendment.
The president’s Executive Actions detail a tougher and more exhaustive background check for those looking to secure a gun by both Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). At the same time, there will also be funding for new ATF agents and investigators in the FY2017 budgets as well as a new Internet Investigation Center by the ATF to crack down illegal online firearms trafficking. Furthermore, there will also be further investment in mental health care, and information regarding one’s mental health will also become a part of the background check system.
While President Obama is getting harsh reactions from Republicans, support is being expressed by the Democrats. In fact, leading Democratic Presidential Candidate Hilary Clinton remarked, “Thank you, @POTUS, for taking a crucial step forward on gun violence. Our next president has to build on that progress—not rip it away.” Meanwhile, Bush also did not take kindly to Clinton’s support for President Obama.