- Sally Kohn: Paul Ryan has backed closing gun show loophole, but now that Obama is taking executive action to do so, is against it
- She says GOP is hypocritical on issue; vast majority of Americans want even this small action in face of regular mass shootings in U.S.
Sally Kohn is an activist, columnist and television commentator. Follow her on Twitter: @sallykohn. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. Watch President Obama as he joins Anderson Cooper and a live audience for a CNN prime-time event: "Guns in America," at 8 p.m. ET Thursday.
(CNN)Polls show a strong majority of Americans — including 87% of Republicans and 84% of gun owners — believe background checks should be required for gun purchases made at gun shows or online. This is a simple, broadly supported, common-sense policy. So isn't it a good thing that in the face of persistent congressional inaction, President Obama is taking executive action to do just that?