On Jan, 7, 2016 CNN hosted “Guns in America,” a town hall meeting that turned out to be a rational discussion of one of the most volatile issues in the United States – that of gun ownership and gun control – featuring President Barack Obama and guests representing both sides of the issues.
Noticeably absent from the “Guns in America” town hall meeting was the National Rifle Association (NRA), although their representatives were invited to attend. The NRA has been the most vocal opponent of any attempts to change gun laws in the U.S., with themselves and many high-ranking Republicans, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), labeling any such attempts as violations of the Constitution’s second amendment on the right to bear arms.
This town hall meeting, suggested by CNN and hosted by Anderson Cooper, was held just two days after the president announced executive orders that included a tightening of the definition of gun sellers (as opposed to hobbyists) that will increase how many gun buyers will be required to complete background checks prior to purchasing firearms.
In an explanation of his executive actions, Obama said, “This is not a recipe for solving every problem. The goal here is just to make progress.” (Mashable.com)
Among the topics addressed by the president at the town hall meeting held at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia were the conspiracy theories held by some that the federal government intends to confiscate the 350 million firearms owned by Americans, his own shed tears during the press conference to announce his recent executive orders for increasing gun safety and responses to various questions from town hall attendees, including “American Sniper” Chris Kyle’s widow, Taya Kyle.
This is a video of the full “Guns in America” town hall meeting:
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