Fairfax, VA–Obama stands on stricter gun laws at the Town Hall Meeting George Mason University in Fairfax, VA earlier this week hosted by CNN and Anderson Cooper.
Obama’s executive order to shape a tougher gun restrictions, by requiring a background check to purchase a gun, and gun dealers to be licensed. There is also a proposal to hire more ATF and background checking agents to streamline the process. As well as pour 500 million dollars into the health care system to make mental health care more accessible, was published by The White House by press release on Jan, 4th 2016.
“There are some 30,000 gun deaths in America each year. Two-thirds of them are suicides, one-third of them homicides,” said Cooper before the president spoke.
Obama referenced some memories from his time living in Chicago and spoke on the gun violence that occurs there with it’s problem of loose gun laws in Indiana brought into Illinois.
Cross state gun trafficking allows the youth to have easy of access points where guns are bought at trade shows and then sold on the streets. The background checks for all sales are a measure to have a record of where, what and whom they were sold to, providing a tracking system. Also, allowing the government to have a bread crumb trail of who may be selling these guns illegally.
Cleo Pendleton, the mother of slain Hadiya Pendleton in a mistaken gang killing in Chicago in 2013, spoke on the topic of the cross state trafficking issues, which may have contributed to the death of her daughter.
Obama proposed that 200 more ATF agents would enforce more stringently unlawful gun dealers, in hopes of hindering the gun violence. In Chicago in particular was 55 shootings in seven days previous to the town hall meeting.
“I respect the Second Amendment,” said Obama but stands firm about keeping them out of the hand of those who want to do harm to themselves or others. “Keep in mind, for the gun owners who are in attendance here, my suspicion is that you all had to go through a background check. And it didn’t prevent you from getting a weapon.”
Kimberly Corban, a rape survivor spoke to ask about why the president was intending to make it harder for people like her to get a gun and carry it with her when needed to keep herself and her family safe.
Obama directed the tragic occurrence into direct correlation, of her attacker, and when he is released from prison that it would make it increasingly more difficult for people who have a felony to purchase a gun.
Amid skepticism from the some of the guests, including Sheriff Paul Babeu, of Pinal County, AZ, who questioned this order and the ideal of stopping mass shootings or curbing crime.
“Look, crime is always going to be with us. So, I think it’s really important for us not to suggest that if we can’t solve every crime, we shouldn’t try to solve any crimes,” said Obama.