President Obama announced a series of executive actions on guns Tuesday, focusing on the victims of gun violence in a White House event intended to prod Congress to take further action.
Speaking to an East Room audience packed with the families of gun violence victims, gun owners and gun control advocates, an often emotional Obama singled out former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was wounded in a mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., five years ago this week.
“I know the pain that she and her family have endured these past five years,” Obama said. “And then I think of all the Americans who are not as fortunate. Every single year, 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by gun violence.”
The executive actions — first previewed by the White House on Monday — would attempt to clamp down on unlicensed gun sellers who exploit an exception for hobbyists and collectors in order to avoid having to run criminal background checks on gun purchasers. Many of those sellers, Obama said, are running a business by selling guns at gun shows and online.
“The problem is that some gun sellers have been operating by a different set of rules,” he said. “That doesn’t make sense.”
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