President Obama flew to Minneapolis today to meet with law enforcement officials and constituents, addressing his plan to diminish gun violence. "We are not going to wait until the next Newtown," the president said. "We don't have to agree on everything to agree it's time to do something."
Obama also stressed the importance of letting members of Congress hear from constituents, saying “keep the pressure on your member of Congress to do the right thing."
Following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December, which took the lives of 20 children and six adults, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with other politicians, have collaborated on changing current gun laws.
The president supports background checks for all potential gun owners, banning assault rifles and high capacity magazines, and additional rules regarding gun traffickers. Obama believes background checks are "commonsense" and "smart", and an issue that will gain bipartisan support. "There's no reason we shouldn't be able to get that done," Obama said, referring to universal background checks.
Although many support the president's plan, his gun proposals have faced backlash from others, especially from National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre and NRA supporters, who do not agree with the president's propositions.
To find your district congressman or representative, visit congressmerge.com.