After the Oregon mass shooting that left ten people dead at the Umpqua Community College near Roseburg on Thursday, President Barack Obama called for gun control measures that could prevent such tragedies.
Obama on Friday said that his administration is searching for ways to enforce existing laws in order to control gun usage by criminals and promised a discussion for a “political dynamic” that has given the National Rifle Association the lead with advocating gun rights.
According to Reuters, during a news conference Obama stated “The main thing I’m going to do is I’m going to talk about this on a regular basis. I will politicize it, because out inaction is a political decision that we are making.” He also added that he would use existing legislation, as well as look for new measures. He stated “I’ve asked my team, as I have in the past, to curb what kinds of authorities do we have to enforce the laws that we have in place more effectively to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.”
He also bashed Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush who stated that “stuff happens”, effectively saying to gun victims that there is nothing he would do to address this serious issue.
According to Reuters, Obama made a remark about Bush’s statement and said “I don’t even think I have to react to that one. I think the American people should hear that and make their own judgments based on the fact that every couple of months we have a mass shooting and. … they can decide whether they consider that stuff happening.”
On the other hand, unlike Bush, Democrat Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton immediately called for gun control and while being at a campaign stop in Dave, Florida she promised to create a “national movement” that would go against the NRA and said that she would reignite the assault weapons ban that was enacted during Bill Clinton’s presidency.
According to Reuters, she stated “We’re going to take the gun lobby on. We took them on in the 90s. We are going to take them on again.”
Clinton has been pushing for gun control after each mass shooting in the United States, including Charleston, Virginia, South Carolina and Roanoke and has advocated for curbing the power of the National Rifle Association. Her stance could be very beneficial to her Presidential campaign in swaying progressives away from Democratic candidate and rival Bernie Sanders who is for a sensible gun control, but respects gun ownership rights.
President Obama has spoken for 15 shootings in the United States during his presidency and has urged for tighter gun control measures and a common sense legislation that would finally prevent gun violence. He also said that it would be up to the American people to push Congress and demand changes, even if that means becoming single issue voters.