President Barack Obama on Friday called for tighter gun regulations after the mass shootings at a historic black church in Charleston. He urged for national debate for bolstering gun control laws and blamed the NRA for controlling Congress on the matter.
The President has made a few statements in a couple of days after the shootings in Charleston, where nine black people were killed by a white gunman during a Bible study session at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday. The gunman, Dylann Roof, has confessed to the murders and according to witnesses it was a racism crime.
It is not the first time that the President has acted upon gun control. The White House issued two dozen executive orders on gun safety and has proposed a measure to expand background checks during gun sale, right after the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. The measure gained bipartisan support, but was blocked by a filibuster in the Senate. He also pushed for a ban more types of military style assault weapons and a limit to the capacity of ammunition magazines.
According to Reuters, in an interview with Marc Maron, Obama has stated that the National Rifle Association is a powerful gun lobby group and its grip on Congress is too strong and that is why he does not believe that present day Congress will be making any changes in laws. He stated “I do not foresee any legislative action being taken in this Congress. And I do not foresee real action being taken until the American public feels a sufficient sense of urgency and they say to themselves that ‘This is not normal, this is something that we can change, and we are going to change it.’”
He also spoke of the issue in Washington and at the U.S. conference of mayors in San Francisco and reminded the crowd that the act is of racial motivations and that it is a betrayal of American ideals. On the other hand, while he acknowledges that the right to own guns is a right to every American under the U.S. Constitution, he imposes another, more serious question. In the interview with Marc Maron he said “The question is just: is there a way of accommodating that legitimate set of traditions with some common-sense stuff that prevents a 21-year-old who is angry about something or confused about something or is racist or is deranged from going into a gun store. That is not something that we have ever fully come to terms with.”
President Barack Obama believes that once the public opinion has been moved and Americans start feeling the sense of urgency, they will push Congress to follow them in their interests and enact on the need to make life more safe and secure.