Shreveport, LA (KMSS) — President Obama challenged congress today to help him in the fight on gun control during an announcement at the white house this morning. The president is urging three congressional actions.
A universal background check for every gun sale, getting tough on people who buy guns with the intent to sale to criminals and the ban on military assault weapons.
"I think that this issue is not assault weapons or high capacity magazines. I think the issue is a mental health issue and it should be taken up at that level. this is not about what item somebody uses to kill people, this is more about the people that are killing people,” said Alan Matthews who owns a local gun shop.
Without waiting for Congress, the president also acted on his own authority, signing nearly two-dozen executive actions designed to increase the enforcement of existing gun laws and improve the flow of information among federal agencies in order to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and others who shouldn’t have them.
One local hunter said that he hopes the president is specific on which assault rifles that would be banned.
"I have no problem with him placing hard control on assault rifles, but leave the shotguns and the recreational rifles, the hand guns and rifles for hunting, leave that out of the mix," said Joseph Rivers of Shreveport.
The president also promises to “launch a national dialogue” on mental health led by Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, and Arne Duncan, the education secretary