President Barack Obama called for a tougher gun regulation on Saturday after a shooting in Colorado where three people were killed and nine injured.
According to Reuters, Obama stated “We have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them. Period. Enough is enough.”
The shooting in Colorado Springs happened on Friday, as the attacker started fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic, the organization that provides reproductive health services to women, including abortions. The motive for the attack is yet to be concluded.
Mass shootings have become a constant happening in the United States and each time the Obama administration takes a stronger stance on gun control. According to Reuters, Obama said “This is not normal. We cannot let it become normal.”
The most recent shooting at a community college in Oregon, pushed the White House to seek new ways to use executive order to regulate gun ownership. Some of those executive actions would include a requirement for gun dealers to have a license to sell guns, which in turn would create more background checks on those who buy guns.
The White House also has a draft proposal from 2013 that is still in the works by officials who say that they are very close to developing the plan, which will be able to sustain any court challenge.
The issue on gun control is one of the central parts of Obama’s policies and has been a crucial element in his Presidential campaigns. However, his efforts to impose more gun control on the American people have been met with strong opposition by the Republican controlled Congress and the powerful National Rifle Association which pressures both Democrat and Republican legislators into allowing the people to carry and use firearms.
According to Reuters, Obama said that the American people could not “offer up our thoughts and prayers” for the families of the dead police officer and the two other victims of the shooting, with a truly clean conscience, unless the American people also push for changes that make it difficult to buy guns.” He also added “May God bless Officer Garret Sawsey and the Americans he tried to save – and may he grant the rest of us the courage to do the same thing.”
This repetitive call for gun control comes after a series of mass shootings in the United States during Obama’s tenure in office. Obama singled out the December 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut as his toughest day as President.