Today, President Obama will meet with members of the House Democratic Gun Violence Prevention Task Force to discuss the Administration’s plans to reduce gun violence. The President is reportedly planning to sign an executive order that would require unlicensed firearms dealers to be licensed and conduct background checks on buyers.
The members of the House Democratic Gun Violence Prevention Task Force are Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL), Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Rep. Rick Nolan (D- MN), Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Rep. David Price (D-NC), Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS).
One Task Force Vice Chair, Rep. Scott, stated he was, “interested in learning more about the President’s proposed executive actions to address this issue.”
Before meeting with the House Democratic Gun Violence Prevention Task Force at 4 p.m., the President will meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, FBI Director James Comey and ATF Deputy Director Thomas to discuss gun issues.
There will also be a gun issues town hall on Thursday at George Mason University in Virginia which will be aired live on CNN at 8 p.m.
According to a site that tracks mass shootings in the U.S., Mass Shooting Tracker, data, there were 372 mass shootings in the U.S. in 2015 resulting in 475 dead and 1,870 wounded. A “mass shooting” is defined by the site as an incident where more than four people were shot.
The National Rifle Association continues to control votes in Congress through money and other forms of political influence. After the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut in 2012, where 20-year-old Adam Lanza murdered 20 children and 6 adults, many gave up on fighting the NRA as votes remained the same after that tragedy. Lanza conducted the murders at the school using a Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle.