• Obama: I’m ‘Confident’ That New Gun Control Measures Won’t Violate Second Amendment

    President Obama insisted Monday that his executive actions on gun control that will roll out this week will be “entirely consistent” with the Constitution and not violate the Second Amendment.

    “The good news is that these are not only recommendations that are well within my legal authority, and the executive branch, but they’re also ones that the overwhelming majority of the American people, including gun owners, support and believe in,” Obama said in a press conference after meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and law enforcement members of his administration.

    “Over the next several days we’ll be rolling out these initiatives,” he said. “We’ll be making sure that people have a very clear understanding of what can make a difference and what we can do, although we have to be very clear that this is not going to solve every violent crime in this country.”

    Obama promised his unilateral infringements will help families and save lives.

    “It’s not going to prevent every mass shooting. It’s not going to keep every gun out of the hands of a criminal. It will potentially save lives in this country and spare families the pain and the extraordinary loss that they’ve suffered as a consequence of a firearm being in the hands of the wrong people.

    He also added that he wanted his actions to make sure “the wrong people” didn’t have guns “for the wrong reasons.”

    I’m also confident that the recommendations that are being made by my team here are ones that are entirely consistent with the Second Amendment and people’s lawful right to bear arms, and we have been very careful recognizing that, although we have a strong tradition of gun ownership in this country, that even those who possess firearms for hunting, for self-protection and for other legitimate reasons want to make sure that the wrong people don’t have them for the wrong reasons.”

    Press Secretary Josh Earnest admitted during the White House press briefing that the president’s actions would likely be contested in court by political opponents but reiterated that they were the right thing to do.

    “The kind of arguments that we’ll be able to mobilize in the court of law are ones that I’m confident will be powerful and persuasive,” he said. “Ultimately, a judge will have to decide. But we should not be distracted however, from the fact that the reason the president is taking these actions is because Congress has utterly failed in their responsibility to do so.”

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