Recently, President Obama issued an executive order to address gun violence, an issue that affects communities nationwide, as we have seen in the tragedies at Sandy Hook Elementary, Umpqua Community College in Oregon, and most recently in San Bernardino, California. Though on their own, the President’s actions are significant and meaningful, congressional support is needed to comprehensively tackle this crisis, to fund and fully implement the executive order, and to make sure these common sense steps are not overturned by future presidents. Take action and urge your Members of Congress to support President Obama’s executive order to prevent gun violence.
President Obama’s executive order addresses four key issues surrounding gun violence: background checks, community-based fixes, mental health and gun safety technology. The order requires background checks on more gun sales as more individuals will now need to obtain a license to sell firearms. Further, the order seeks to hire hundreds of new staff to help improve the national background check system and enforce existing laws. The President also seeks more money for mental health treatment. Although the actions taken by President Obama are significant and meaningful, there is still much work that needs to be done. Congress must act to ensure its success in keeping Americans safe.