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This week saw yet another mass shooting in the U.S., with the latest incident taking place in San Bernardino, California. While details continue to emerge on the assailants and possible motives, the public and political reaction was very familiar. Many politicians extended "thoughts and prayers" to the victims and law enforcement officers. Members of the public railed against politicians for refusing to pass any substantial gun control measures. President Obama spoke at a press conference, as he's often done over the course of his two terms in office.
Can President Obama effect any substantial change? It's hard to say. Article I, Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution empowers the president to block or pass legislation, but the actual drafting of bills is done in Congress. The president can issue executive orders, effectively creating laws that bypass Congress in the process. President Obama has issued some 200 executive orders already, including 23 executive actions pertaining to gun control. All executive orders come under a great deal of scrutiny from the judicial branch of government.
Those who do wish to see some change come about should get in touch with their congressional representatives and don't forget to vote!
Find your Representatives (house.gov)
Find your Senators (senate.gov)
Now Is The Time: Gun Violence Reduction Executive Actions (whitehouse.gov)
"President Obama is not waiting to take action."
Where 2015's mass shootings have occurred, in 1 map (washingtonpost.com)
"In July, we created a map showing the locations of the year's mass shootings to that point."
Where Congress Stands on Guns (washingtonpost.com)
"President Obama's effort to overhaul the nation's gun laws in the aftermath of December's school massacre in Connecticut suffered a resounding defeat on April 17, when every major proposal he championed fell apart on the Senate floor."