George Mason University, Fairfax Virg. – The United States is under a siege of gun violence and President Barack Obama has decided to take bold action.
Last week at the Presidential Town Hall Meeting, the atmosphere was one cloaked in conjecture that circled around President Obama’s proposed executive orders on gun control.
The event was broadcasted live by CNN and Moderated by Anderson Cooper.
“The question we want to confront tonight is how you find a balance between protecting the rights of American citizens who want to own guns, but preventing guns from getting into the hands of people who shouldn’t have them,” said Cooper in his introduction.
Gun control has been a hot topic over the past few years. Mass shootings such as the ones at San Bernardino, Calif. and Roseburg, Ore. and countless others are responsible for these discussions.
The friction of the night was mainly between people concerned that Obama wanted to limit their gun rights and whether or not his plan would actually help and the president saying that his intention was to limit accessibility to criminals.
The speakers of the meeting shared heartfelt stories both for and against background checks throughout the night.
“So why can’t your administration see that these restrictions that you’re putting to make it harder for me to own a gun, or harder for me to take that where I need to be is actually just making my kids and I less safe?” said Kimberly Corban, a victim of rape and apparent skeptic of gun control measures.
In response Obama said, “I just want to repeat that there’s nothing that we’ve proposed that would make it harder for you to purchase a firearm. And — now, you may be referring to issues like concealed carry, but those tend to be state-by-state decisions, and we’re not making any proposals with respect to what states are doing.”
“Part of my faith and hope in America is just that — not — not that we achieve a perfect union, but that we get better. And we can do better than we’re doing right now, if we come together,” said Obama in closing.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) publicly boycotted the meeting. “The National Rifle Association sees no reason to participate in a public relations spectacle orchestrated by the White House,” NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told CNN.
Members of NRA did however live tweet the event from the crowd.
Three days ago President Obama signed 23 executive gun orders into action.