President announces executive actions to expand background checks for gun buyers


WE’RE LIVE TONIGHT IN FORT LAUDERDALE, I’M ANDREW PEREZ. BACK TO YOU. Laurie: ANDREW, THANK YOU. EVERY TIME I THINK ABOUT THOSE KIDS, IT GETS ME MAD. Laurie: PRESIDENT OBAMA GETTING CHOKED UP TODAY WHILE REMEMBERING THE FIRST GRADERS WHO WERE KILLED IN THE MASS SHOOTING AT SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY IN CONNECTICUT. THE PRESIDENT’S EMOTIONS WERE CLEAR DURING A SPEECH ANNOUNCING A SERIES OF EXECUTIVE ACTIONS ON GUN CONTROL. Calvin: AND THE PRESIDENT STILL WANTS CONGRESS TO PASS NEW GUN LAWS BUT SAYS HE IS WITHIN HIS LEGAL AUTHORITY HAD TO TAKE ACTION ON HIS OWN. OUR SENIOR POLITICAL REPORTER MICHAEL PUTNEY LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM WITH MORE ON THIS DAY. Michael: THE STEPS THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED TODAY REALLY ARE RELATIVELY MODEST, NOTHING LIKE THE SWEEPING DUNN GUN CONTROL LAW THAT HE ASKED CONGRESS TO PASS THREE YEARS AGO. THEY DIDN’T, SO MR. OBAMA IS MOVING FORWARD ON HIS OWN. SO THE GUN LOBBY MAY BE HOLDING HOSTAGE RIGHT NOW BUT THEY CANNOT HOLD AMERICA LOCAL10. WE DO NOT HAVE TO ACCEPT THIS. CARNAGE AT THE PRICE OF FREEDOM. Michael: THE PRESIDENT UNLOAD ODE CONGRESS TODAY AND THE GUN LOBBY AS HE TOLD FAMILIES OF GUN VIOLENCE OF HIS PLAN TO REDUCE IT. NUMBER ONE, ANYBODY IN THE BUSINESS OF SELLING FIREARMS MUST GET A LICENSE AND CONDUCT BACKGROUND CHECKS OR BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. Michael: THE PRESIDENT IS TRYING TO CLOSE THE STOW-CALLED GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE WHICH ALLOWS GUN SELLERS WHO DON’T DO IT FULL-TIME TO SELL WEAPONS WITHOUT A FEDERAL LICENSE, THEREFORE, ELIMINATING BACKGROUND CHECKS. WE’RE ALSO EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS TO COVER VIOLENT CRIMINALS WHO TRY TO BUY SOME OF THE MOST DANGEROUS FIREARMS BY HIDING BEHIND TRUSTS AND CORPORATIONS AND VARIOUS CUTOUTS. Michael: THE NATION HAS SEEN AN EXPLOSION OF MASS SHOOTING IN RECENT YEARS, BUT NO ACTION FROM CONGRESS TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF CRIMINALS OR THE MENTAL ILL. THAT’S WHY WE’RE HERE TODAY. NOT TO DEBATE THE LAST MASS SHOOTING, BUT TO DO SOMETHING TO TRY TO PREVENT THE NEXT ONE. [ APPLAUSE ] Michael: IN ADDITION TO REQUIRING FEDERAL LICENSES FOR ALL GUN SELLERS, THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE WILL HIRE 200 ADDITIONAL ATF AGENTS, FUND SERVICES FOR THE MENTALLY ILL, AND ENCOURAGE GUNMAKERS TO MAKE SAFER WEAPONS. FIRST GRADERS. Michael: THE NORMALLY SELF-CONTAINED PRESIDENT TODAY HEARD TEARED UP WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT THE KIDS WHO DIED A SANDY HOOK. EVERY TIME I THINK ABOUT THOSE KIDS, IT GETS ME MAD. Michael: IT WAS A REMARKABLE MOMENT. PRESIDENT OBAMA NOT AFRAID TO LET THE TEARS FLOW. THE QUESTION NOW, HOWEVER, WILL HIS EXECUTIVE ORDERS ON GUNS BE CHALLENGED BY CONGRESS AND THE

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