U.S. President Barack Obama tearfully announced a set of executive actions aimed at fighting gun violence.
Speaking from the White House, Obama explained the set of actions that are “well within” his legal authority and addressed concerns that he was heading down a slippery slope of narrowing people’s freedoms. “We’re here today not to debate the last mass shooting, but to do something to try to prevent the next one. We do not have to accept this carnage as the price of freedom,” Obama said.
The U.S. President admitted that it gets him mad every time he thinks about the innocent children who die during mass shootings, then paused to wipe away tears. “We know we can’t stop every act of violence, every act of evil in the world. But maybe we could try to stop one act of evil, one act of violence,” he said. “I believe in the Second Amendment, there written on paper, that guarantees the right to bear arms […] but I also believe that we can find ways to reduce gun violence consistent with the Second Amendment,” Obama added.
In addition to expanding the background check system to cover sales which occur at gun shows and online, the president said the administration will offer more funding for mental health treatment, FBI staff and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives agents.
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton promised to continue Obama’s gun control push if she is elected.