Elliot Fineman: President Barack Obama's executive actions on guns won't make a big difference
Obama should declare a National State of Emergency for the Gun Violence Epidemic
Editor’s Note: Elliot Fineman is founder and CEO of National Gun Victims Action Council, a nonprofit network of 14 million gun victims, survivors and others in the community who advocate for better gun laws. Follow him on Twitter: @GunVictimsAct. Watch “Guns in America,” CNN’s town hall meeting with President Barack Obama at 8 p.m. ET Thursday. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
On Thursday night, Anderson Cooper will host a town hall meeting with President Barack Obama about “Guns in America.” This is part of Obama’s sincere and heartfelt effort to reduce gun violence through executive actions, which he announced on Tuesday.
I applaud the President’s intentions and thinking, but I’m afraid his plans won’t do much to change things. Republican obstructionism will likely tie his new gun actions up in court and delay implementation as was the case with his immigration executive orders. And, even if the actions are implemented, they will do little or nothing to reduce gun violence.