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4 January 2016 - Obama to announce executive actions on gun control

Publié par Marion Coste le 01/04/2016

Obama begins gun violence effort that could define his last year

Gregory Korte (USA Today, 03/01/2016)

President Obama meets with his attorney general Monday to discuss his options for regulating guns, signalling that gun violence will be a top priority of his administration in the new year.
Calling the issue of gun violence "one piece of unfinished business" as he enters the last full year of his presidency, Obama said he gets too many letters "to sit around and do nothing." But anything Obama does by executive action is likely to be undone if a Republican moves into the White House in 2017.
The gun issue may dominate the White House agenda in the run-up to Obama's last State of the Union Address next week. Obama will participate in a televised town hall-style event Thursday on CNN called Guns in America. And on Friday, he'll mark the fifth anniversary of the 2011 Tucson shooting that killed six and wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who has since left Congress to found a gun control lobbying group that met with Obama personally last month.

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Bypassing Congress

Obama, Frustrated By Congress, Plans To Take Action On Gun Control
Reuters (The Huffington Post, 01/01/2016)
President Barack Obama, frustrated by Congress' inaction on gun control, will meet with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday to discuss ways of reducing gun violence unilaterally through measures that do not require congressional approval.
Obama, in his weekly recorded address, said on Friday he has received "too many letters from parents, and teachers, and kids, to sit around and do nothing."
He has repeatedly urged Congress to tighten gun laws. His calls grew louder following the 2012 massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, and again after mass shootings in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and San Bernardino, California in recent months.

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Live televised meeting
Obama to Hold Town Hall Meeting on Gun Violence
Gardiner Harris and Nicholas Fandos (The New York Times, 03/01/2016)
Renewing his emphasis on the need for more gun restrictions, President Obama will participate in a live televised town-hall-style meeting on Thursday to discuss gun violence in the United States, according to the White House.
The hourlong event, at George Mason University outside Washington, will be televised on CNN at 8 p.m. On Monday, Mr. Obama will meet with Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch to discuss what executive actions he can take to curb gun violence.
After the shootings that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., on Dec. 2, Mr. Obama’s initial response focused on the need for gun restrictions. The administration soon realized, however, that this message had not reassured many Americans that the president was sufficiently addressing the Islamic State, the extremist group that inspired that attack and carried out one in Paris in November that left 130 people dead.
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Republican candidates

Republican candidates criticize a possible executive order from Obama on gun control
David S. Cloud (Los Angeles Times, 03/01/2016)
President Obama's plan to impose new controls on gun sales in an effort to lessen gun violence drew sharp fire Sunday from Republican presidential candidates, who argued he lacked authority to enact the restrictions by executive order.
Obama, who for years has unsuccessfully sought to persuade Congress to strengthen gun laws, is scheduled to meet Monday with Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch to review possible actions he can take that will withstand legal challenges.
"We know that we can't stop every act of violence," Obama said in his weekly radio address. "But what if we tried to stop even one?"
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