Obama Might Take Executive Action
Vice President Joe Biden said that President Barack Obama might use executive action in order to tighten gun control. The statement was made after the vice president met with representatives of victims groups and gun safety organizations Wednesday morning.
On Thursday, Vice President Biden will meet with gun owners and hunters groups, including representatives from the National Rifle Association. He said that the president is going to act soon. He added that the president could resort to executive action but a concrete plan has not been decided yet.
The vice president suggested that President Obama could use his executive authority to address the series of gun violence in the United States. He added that it is important to act than do nothing about it. White House press secretary Jay Carney declined to elaborate on the president’s action.
Vice President Biden will make recommendations later this month to the president. The president will then try to push a package through Congress. President Obama already endorsed a renewal of the assault weapons ban, introducing restrictions on the sizes of high-capacity ammunition magazines, and bolstering background checks of potential gun buyers.
The groups that were represented during Wednesday’s meeting were Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Also in attendance were two survivors of the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech and the stepfather of one of the victims of the shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater last year.
Walmart, which is one of the top sellers of firearms and ammunitions in the United States, confirmed that it would send a representative to attend the meeting Thursday. The group previously turned down an invitation from the White House to participate in the talks due to conflicts for its senior executives.
Walmart spokesman David Tovar said that their senior leaders could not be in Washington this week. But after learning about the high expectation to attend the meeting, they will send a representative to the meeting on Thursday.