In the wake of Monday’s Navy Yard shooting where 13 people were left dead and eight others injured, the Commander-in-Chief is asking for Congress to take “basic actions” to toughen the nation’s gun control laws.
“You know, I do get concerned that this becomes a ritual that we go through every three, four months, where we have these horrific mass shootings,” President Obama said in a recent interview with Telemundo. “Everybody expresses understandable horror. We all embrace the families — and obviously our thoughts and prayers are with those families right now as they’re absorbing this incredible loss. And yet we’re not willing to take some basic actions.”
The President made a similar call for action after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last December, however his proposal for tighter background checks was blocked by Congress in April.
“You have a majority of the American people and even a large percentage of Republicans who are ready to move the country forward,” he explained, “and yet we keep on getting blocked.”
“It’s a challenge that I’m speaking out on, but ultimately we’re also gonna meet pressure from the public to see if we can change how they do business up there,” he concluded.