With the recent wave of gun violence we’ve seen, including mass shootings in California and Las Vegas, President Obama is talking about gun control again.
“Right now it’s not even possible to get the mildest restrictions through Congress,” the President said during a recent Q&A he held on the social media website Tumblr. “The NRA and gun makers have the capacity to move votes in local and Congressional elections.”
That kind of talk has led some to worry the President may use ‘his pen’ again and issue more executive orders related to gun control. Spokesman Josh Earnest says the President is looking into doing just that.
“The president’s goal is to look for opportunities to act administratively, unilaterally using his executive authority to try to make our communities safer,” Earnest said. “We’re always looking for those opportunities. But none of those opportunities when they present themselves is going to be an acceptable substitute for robust legislative action.”
Charles Cotton at the Texas Firearms Coalition doesn't expect anything different.
“I don’t doubt he would try to do something to try and switch the focus. And guns might be something he’d like to try,” Cotton told KTRH.
President Obama has issued 23 executive orders related to guns since the Sandy Hook mass shooting in December of 2012. However, Cotton says executive orders won't stop a gunman who targets one of our schools.
“We have to have armed personnel in schools. The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to have a good guy with a gun,” Cotton stated.
Cotton believes any action the White House takes will wind up being for PR purposes only.
“It’s all feel good measures,” Cotton said. “There’s no telling what he will try. What he is able to do will be a different story.”
And those who favor gun control may be fudging the numbers. One group says there have been 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook. But that has been proven wrong, with many of those being drug related, gang related or suicides.