President Barack Obama will answer questions Thursday evening on the thorny issue of the right to bear arms and the violence it sometimes begets in the form of mass shootings and terrorist attacks.
The forum comes two days after the president teared up during an announcement about executive actions on guns. He will participate in an hour-long televised town-hall-style meeting that will be moderated by CNN in a live question and answer session.
From The New York Times:
The presence of gun rights advocates, who accuse Mr. Obama of undermining the Second Amendment in a stealth effort to take guns away from law-abiding Americans, could lead to sharp exchanges. White House officials said the president welcomes the chance to have that debate.
“Let’s have a conversation,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Mr. Obama. “It’s a very effective way of separating fact from fiction. This gives him a chance to engage with people who are supportive and who question whether this is the right strategy.”
Ms. Jarrett said Mr. Obama had wanted to announce his executive actions on Tuesday “surrounded by people whose lives have been affected by gun violence.” But she said he also wanted to begin a broader conversation about what he views as the need for more gun regulations.
On Tuesday, the president announced a series of actions designed to overhaul the gun purchasing system to expand criminal background checks when purchasing firearms; seek more money for mental health care; and bolster reporting of missing or stolen guns, among other things.
SOURCE: The New York Times | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
21 Of President Barack Obama's Best Photos Of 2015
1. JANUARY: President Obama delivers the State of the Union address with the support of vice president Joe Biden. Obama gained mass support after his joke about winning both terms.Source:Getty 1 of 10
2. APRIL: President Obama arrives in Jamaica to meet with the 15-member Caribbean Community. His trip marked a first for the sitting president and second since the country's independence.Source:Getty 2 of 10
3. JUNE: President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are seen talking during the president's trip to the G7Summit in Bavaria, Germany.Source:Getty 3 of 10
4. JUNE: President Obama sings "Amazing Grace" during the eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney's funeral service. Clementa was one of the nine victims who died after suspected shooter Dylann Roof entered the AME church and opened fire.Source:Getty 4 of 10
5. SEPTEMBER: President Obama is featured on the popular show "Running Wild With Bear Grylls." Obama took the trip to highlight the importance of climate control.Source:Getty 5 of 10
6. SEPTEMBER: The First Couple serve as "love goals" at the White House's state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan. Obama and Xi announced an agreement on controlling climate change and a mutual outlook on cyber security.Source:Getty 6 of 10
7. OCTOBER: President Obama meets with Ahmed Mohamed, the student who was detained by Texas police for his homemade clock. The president stood by the teen, who many believe was the victim of Islamophobia.Source:Getty 7 of 10
8. NOVEMBER: President Obama issues a warning to his critics who "pop off" at his policies towards Syrian refugees. Speaking at the OP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, Obama welcomed his Republican critics to the White House to lay down their own policies. No one has responded.Source:Getty 8 of 10
9. DECEMBER: President Obama addresses the public from the Oval Office regarding the San Bernardino shooting.Source:Getty 9 of 10
10. DECEMBER: All grown up! The First Family, including Obama's mother-in-law Marian Robinson, is seen at the White House's national Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 2.Source:Getty 10 of 10
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