White House spokesman Josh Earnest said during a press conference Tuesday, that Obama is looking for new ways to act “administratively, unilaterally using his executive authority” to enact new gun control legislation, with or without Congress’ blessing.
Earnest was responding to a journalist’s questions about Obama’s reaction to the news of a recent shooting that occurred at an Oregon high school. Two people were killed, including the shooter.
During a question-and-answer session at the White House with Tumblr founder David Karp, Obama wondered why nothing is being done about gun control, as if once again trying to convince the masses that gun control is the answer when in fact statistics show the opposite.
“Other countries that don’t have constitutional freedoms to firearms have already cracked down in ways that couldn’t be imagined here.”
“Australia had a mass shooting, similar to Columbine or Newtown. And Australia just said, well, that’s it, we’re not doing, we’re not seeing that again, and basically imposed very severe, tough gun laws, and they haven’t had a mass shooting since,” Obama said.
“Our levels of gun violence are off the charts. There’s no advanced, developed country that would put up with this.” Obama said.
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While Obama is looking for ways to implement his gun control agenda unilaterally, Earnest emphasized that the Administration would also like to see legislative action to increase gun control.
“The President’s goal is to look for opportunities to act administratively, unilaterally using his executive authority to try to make our communities safer,” Earnest said. “We’re always looking for those opportunities. But none of those opportunities when they present themselves is going to be an acceptable substitute for robust legislative action.”
Earnest went on to say, “There’s no doubt there has been an alarming frequency of tragic incidents of gun violence that are concerning to Democrats and Republicans in Washington but more importantly to people all across the country,” he said. “The question is what can we do to make certain something like this never ever happens again? There are going to be other tragedies. The question, I think, really facing lawmakers right now is what common sense steps can Democrats and Republicans take to reduce the likelihood of gun violence.”
It’s been over 10 years since gun owners in Australia were forced by new law to surrender their personal firearms to be destroyed by their own Government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars.
The statistics for the years following the ban are now in:
- Accidental gun deaths are 300% higher than the pre-1997 ban rate
- The assault rate has increased 800% since 1991, and increased 200% since the 1997 gun ban.
- Robbery and armed robbery have increase 20% from the pre-97 ban rate.
- From immediately after the ban was instituted in 1997 through 2002, the robbery and armed robbery rate was up 200% over the pre-ban rates.
- In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 171 percent