President Obama Wants to Close Gun Loopholes Without Congress


President Obama is looking to use executive authority in order to expand background checks and close gun loopholes – specifically the “gun show loophole”, which allows individuals to buy guns before the background check is complete.

The President originally initiated the idea after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2013, but was unable to convince the Senate to pass it. Republicans in the Senate have continued since to block every effort to add new gun control measures. Most recently, a proposal by Senator Feinstein (D-CA) was blocked that would have stopped people included on the anti-terrorist “no fly” list from buying guns. Every Republican except one, Senator Mark Steven Krik (R-Illinois), voted to block the proposed measure.

Shortly after the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon this October, President Obama seemingly gave up trying to go through Congress and asked his advisers to draft plans for new gun control measures that he could put in place without going through Congress and present them to him for review.

White House adviser Valerie Jarret stated:

“The president has directed his team in short order to finalize a set of recommendations on what more the administration can do on its own to save lives from gun violence, and those recommendations will include making sure we do everything we can to keep guns out of the wrong hands, including those expanded background checks.”

Obama has consistently asked lawmakers to pass new gun measures, such as the one passed this week in Connecticut that bans individuals on federal terrorism list from buying firearms. He has become increasingly frustrated at his inability to provoke any meaningful change in gun reform, as evident in his anti-terrorism speech this week:

“Congress should act to make sure no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun. What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semi-automatic weapon?”


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Alexandra Jacobo is a dedicated progressive writer, activist, and mother with a deep-rooted passion for social justice and political engagement. Her journey into political activism began in 2011 at Zuccotti Park, where she supported the Occupy movement by distributing blankets to occupiers, marking the start of her earnest commitment to progressive causes. Driven by a desire to educate and inspire, Alexandra focuses her writing on a range of progressive issues, aiming to foster positive change both domestically and internationally. Her work is characterized by a strong commitment to community empowerment and a belief in the power of informed public action. As a mother, Alexandra brings a unique and personal perspective to her activism, understanding the importance of shaping a better world for future generations. Her writing not only highlights the challenges we face but also champions the potential for collective action to create a more equitable and sustainable world.