U.S. President Barack Obama says he will roll out gun control initiatives that he is confident will respect the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which gives the right to bear arms. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama said on Monday (January 4) he was confident his new executive actions to tighten U.S. gun rules were consistent with the constitutional right to bear arms and said the initiatives would be rolled out over the next several days. "We have a frequency of mass shootings that far exceeds other countries and frequency. And although it is my strong belief that for us to get our complete arms around the problem, Congress needs to act. What I asked my team to do is to see what more we could do to strengthen our enforcement and prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands," Obama told reporters following a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey and acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms, Thomas Brandon. "And the good news is is that these are not only recommendations that are well within my legal authority and the executive branch, but they're also ones that. The overwhelming majority of the American people including gun owners support and believe in," Obama said. Obama said the initiatives would be released over the next few days. "We'll be making sure that people have a very clear understanding of what can make a difference and what we can do. And although we have to be very clear that this is not going to solve every violent crime in this country; it's not going to prevent every mass shooting; it's not going to keep every gun out of the hands of criminals, it will potentially save lives and spare families the pain and the extraordinary loss that they've suffered as a consequence of a firearm being in the hands of the wrong people," Obama said. The president stressed that the initiatives were not aimed at lawful gun owners. "I'm also confident that the recommendations that are being made by my team here are ones that are entirely consistent with the Second Amendment and people's lawful right to bear arms," he said. In a statement released before Obama's announcement, U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan criticized any executive actions on gun control. "We all are pained by the recent atrocities in our country, but no change the president is reportedly considering would have prevented them. We have seen consistently that an underlying cause of these attacks has been mental illness, and we should look at ways to address this problem. We should also better enforce the laws we have on the books now to keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals," the statement read.