Bully Pulpit: Obama Pushes ‘Executive Action’ on Guns


In the final press conference of his first term, President Barack Obama stood behind the bully pulpit and proceeded to bully. First and foremost, of course, he bullied on gun control:

My understanding is the vice president’s going to provide a range of steps that we can take to reduce gun violence. Some of them will require legislation, some of them I can accomplish through executive action. And so I will be reviewing those today, and as I said, I will speak in more detail to what we’re going to go ahead and propose later in the week. But I’m confident that there are some steps that we can take that don’t require legislation and that are within my authority as president, and where you get a step that, has the opportunity to reduce the possibility of gun violence, then I want to go ahead and take it.

What exactly will Obama do with “executive action” rather than legislation? There are several options. First, he can attempt to issue orders that would go to better coordination between state and federal authorities under current law. Or he could stretch. He could attempt to ban types of guns, certain types of magazines, or anything else he try to prevent importation on certain types of weapons, or push harsher law enforcement on certain types of gun sales.



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