With President Barack Obama’s last year in office about to start, one of his first moves of the New Year is to host a town hall meeting on gun violence.
The hour-long live special will be televised on CNN this Thursday and held at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Joined by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, the President will discuss numerous gun-related issues and answer questions from the audience.
This theme falls right in line to his New Year’s weekly address, which POTUS claims to be “fired up” about prioritizing his “unfinished business,” which includes relieving Americans of the crippling gun violence that is destroying communities the U.S. In his address, President Obama mentioned the 2012 Sandy Hook Massacre, the 2011 shooting of former Rep.Gabby Giffords and countless others across the nation who must mark anniversaries of their loved ones’ deaths “every single day.”
“And yet Congress hasn’t done anything to prevent what’s happened to them from happening to other families. Three years ago, a bipartisan, common sense bill would have required background checks for virtually everyone who buys a gun—a policy that is supported by 90 percent of American people and supported by a majority of NRA households, but the gun lobby mobilized against it and the Senate blocked it. Since then ten-thousands of fellow Americans have been mowed down by gun violence,” he warned.
But he offered a glimmer of hope, saying that despite the immense power behind the gun industry “the rest of us are going to have to be just as passionate and well organized in our defense of our kids. That’s the work of citizenship — to stand up and fight for the change that we seek….Change, as always, is going to take all of us.”
While President Obama has made many historic political strides during his tenure, including health care reform and improving our economy, when it comes to gun violence, he has had “zero success so far…despite his repeated, emotional appeals for change,” CNN noted. His most recent call for a federal intervention was after the shootings in San Bernardino, California last month that left 14 dead.
But during his final stretch, President Obama isn’t waiting on a Republican-controlled Congress to make change. He claims that he will explore what he can do personally as President starting with a meeting with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday to discuss his options. It’s believed that Obama’s new gun-control plan of action should be revealed some time before his final State of the Union address on January 12.
“Guns in America” will air Thursday, January 7 at 8pm Eastern Time on CNN. Will you be watching?