President Obama will unveil his gun violence proposals at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at the White House, according to people who have been briefed on the event. [Politico]
THE POWER of the presidency is about to be exercised by Barack Obama.
He’ll collide with right wing extremists in the Congress on gun safety, as well as the N.R.A., which still compose a minority of the American people. It will depend on the American majority in favor of gun safety to get involved and send these people a message.
Lawmakers and other officials said that the president could use a public event as soon as Wednesday to signal his intention to engage in the biggest Congressional fight over guns in nearly two decades, focusing on the heightened background checks and including efforts to ban assault weapons and their high-capacity clips. But given the difficulty of pushing new rules through a bitterly divided Congress, Mr. Obama will also promise to act on his own to reduce gun violence wherever possible.
Actions the president could take on his own are likely to include imposing new limits on guns imported from overseas, compelling federal agencies to improve sharing of mental health records and directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct research on gun violence, according to those briefed on the effort.
White House aides believe Mr. Obama can also ratchet up enforcement of existing laws, including tougher prosecution of people who lie on their background checks.