Gun violence being discussed again as President Obama meets with Attorney General
President Barack Obama plans to meet tomorrow with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss what actions he can take to reduce gun violence. He’s expected to use executive action to strengthen background checks required for gun purchases, an approach that Republicans strongly oppose.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told "Fox News Sunday" that "this president wants to act as if he is a king, as if he is a dictator." The Republican presidential candidate says Obama is ready to force an "illegal executive action" on the country after failing to get what he wanted from Congress.
On the same program, fellow presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Obama’s "first impulse is always to take rights away from law-abiding citizens, and it’s wrong."
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he would support Obama’s expected move, calling it "the right thing to do." The Vermont senator told ABC’s "This Week" that he believes "there is a wide consensus" that "we should expand and strengthen the instant background check."
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has also called for more aggressive executive actions on guns.
Obama plans to participate in a town hall Thursday night at George Mason University in Virginia on reducing gun violence. The president will take questions from the audience at the event moderated by CNN’s Anderson Cooper.