Barack Obama has unsuccessfully pushed for numerous gun control measures during his two terms, but that won’t stop him from continuing to try. During his State of the Union address last night, the President said that gun control will happen “with or without Congress.” Citing the recent mass shootings in schools and other public locations, he called for new gun laws and vowed that this would happen over the next three years.
“Citizenship means standing up for the lives that gun violence steals from us each day,” said Obama. “I have seen the courage of parents, students, pastors, and police officers all over this country who say ‘we are not afraid.’ I intend to keep trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters, shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook.”
Of course, Republicans took offense at the threat of their Second Amendment rights possibly being violated. ”He doesn’t have the constitutional authority to act unilaterally and pass legislation on gun control,” said Michele Bachmann. “He just doesn’t.”
Earlier this month, a new citizen’s initiative in Colorado asked voters to ban concealed weapons on all college campuses. Safe Campus Colorado is reportedly well on its way to collecting over 86,000 signatures, which would require the measure to be included on the 2014 ballot.
“Concealed handguns on college campuses threaten the safety and peace of mind of parents, students, teachers and staff,” said Ken Toltz, founder of Safe Campus Colorado, in a press release. “We don’t want our state to become known for any more tragic shootings. All schools should be safe places to learn and work, free of the threat posed by concealed guns.”