A frustrated Obama is likely to sign executive orders next week to place tighter rules on gun sellers in order to stop the “epidemic” of gun violence in America. This is both a good and a bad idea. Gun violence contributes to thousands of American deaths every year, and tougher gun control measures, such as universal background checks, are largely supported by the American public. However a lack of bipartisan support will almost certainly mean that the order will be overturned if the next president is Republican.
While Obama has always advocated for tighter gun restrictions, the timing of this action will make sure that gun reform is at the forefront of the presidential race in early 2016. Given the Democratic candidates’ stance on gun control, Obama’s actions are unlikely to cause any major dramas on their campaign trail, but the NRA and the Republican candidates are gunning for a major fight for gun rights. And with the Iowa caucus less than a month away, Obama has only a short time in which to act before the noise of the primary begins to drown out other political news.
Fans of gun reform are hopeful that Obama’s action will pressure Congress to act and will be the first of many steps to curb gun violence in America, while critics are already calling it a “political stunt”, complaining that Obama is acting like a dictator by sidestepping Congress and creating his own laws instead of respecting the democratic process. One thing is certain, America will eventually have another Republican president, either in this or the next race, thus any gun reforms will never survive long term unless both sides are willing to work together to create lasting legislative changes.
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