Violence Prevention Groups Push Obama to Take Bold Action on Guns

Violence prevention groups are demanding that U.S. President Barack Obama ‘put his money where his mouth is’ and take decisive action on gun safety.

The call came on Monday after Obama met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss possible executive actions that could be taken to tighten U.S. gun rules.

During his address late last week, the president called the “epidemic of gun violence” a “piece of unfinished business” for his administration. With Congress refusing to take action on the matter, Obama said he is seeking alternatives, “Because I get too many letters from parents, and teachers, and kids, to sit around and do nothing.”

Dan Gross, president of national gun violence prevention group the Brady Campaign, said the group is “encouraged by what the President had to say, now it’s time for President Obama to make good on those words by using the full weight of his office to keep guns out of the hands of people we all agree shouldn’t have them.”

One legal option would redefine what it means to be a gun dealer forcing more people to get a license to sell guns, which, Reuters notes, “would trigger more background checks on buyers.”

The Brady Campaign has for years called for such restrictions on so-called “bad apple” gun dealers, as well as expanded background checks, which in most states are not required for sales made at gun shows or online.