“Tens of thousands of our fellow citizens have been mowed down by gun violence. Tens of thousands,” President Obama said.
President Obama is taking aim at gun violence today. He’s looking to do what he can to legally and unilaterally increase background checks.
“Because I get too many letters from parents, and teachers and kids to sit around and do nothing,” Obama said.
He wants to close the so-called ‘gun show loop hole:’ a political term for the secondary gun market.
The president argues federal laws are inadequate for private sales, but those who know guns say that may not make much of a difference on the streets.
“Most of the guns that are done like that aren’t necessarily high capacity magazines. A lot of them are collectibles and antiques,” Hesselson’s Store Manager, Tom Witzel said.
Instead, local licensed dealers and local politicians say the focus should be at the root of the problem.
“If you connect the dots on a lot of these killings and mass shootings, a lot of it boils down to mental unstableness and until you attack that problem in this country, the firearms are just a side not to the whole thing,” Witzel said.
“What I would like to see this conversation evolve to is an area of common ground and that is dealing with mental health in America, dealing with criminal offenders, non-law abiding citizens, as opposed to attacking our law-abiding citizens as the president appears to be going down,” Congressman Tom Reed said.
Another bullet point on the President’s agenda: the No Fly List.
“The No Fly List on the TSA lists, I think that would be a good idea. If you’re on that list then you probably should not be able to buy a fire arm either,” Witzel said.