The battel for gun control in the US is still making headlines. Following his failed attempts, many believed that US President Barack Obama gave up. However, now the White House announced that new gun control laws will be put into affect. “Too many Americans have lost loved ones,” wrote Obama on his Twitter account.
Obama (Archives) Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
Restrictions on purchasing and owning a gun was one of the longest battles for Obama against the Republicans and especially against the gun owners lobby. The mass murders and university shootings seemed to have not influenced any decision makers. Many believed that Obama gave up but the White House announced that today (Tuesday), for the first time, new restrictions regarding gun control will be proclaimed.
The White House announced that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will publish new steps that will hopefully make sure that every weapons dealer, even if they sell in a show, flea market, the Internet or in a store, must have a license to sell a weapon. Also, extensive background checks for gun purchasers will be required. This is a big change to the 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms.
Outside the 2013 Washington shooting Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
The FBI is preparing to strictly enforce these new laws and reported that they will recruit 230 new employees, mainly for performing the extensive background checks. Obama is also expected to suggest that the ATF recruit 200 new employees for enforcing the laws.
Obama wrote on his Twitter account that he is prepared for the public’s outrage that will soon come because of the new laws. However, the US president also turned to the American public with some messages: “Each year, more than 30,000 American lives are cut short by guns – two-thirds coming from suicides. Too many Americans have lost loved ones.”
“We will keep guns out of the wrong hands, enforce our guns laws, and ensure those with serious mental illnesses get treatment,” posted Obama on his Twitter account. “The gun lobby may be holding Congress hostage, but they can’t hold America hostage. We can’t accept this carnage in our communities.”