The Washington Times reported yesterday that President Obama promised a group of big-city mayors that he would take more executive action on gun control.
The closed-door meeting at the White House included Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who discussed “strategies to reduce youth violence,” the White House said in a statement.
Mr. Obama “vowed to continue doing everything in his power to combat gun violence through executive action and to press Congress to pass common-sense reforms like expanding the background check system and cracking down on gun trafficking,” the White House said in a statement.
Among those attending the session were Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J., a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate; Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter; Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray; New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu; Mayor Jean Quan of Oakland, Calif.; Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, Mo.; Mayor Molly Ward of Hampton, Va., and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
You can read more here. Personally, I’m not too worried about this rhetoric, at least not yet. This comes off as pandering in my opinion, especially considering that midterm elections are coming up next year.
Having said that, this is something that we must pay close attention to.
H/T Colion Noir
Update 8/29/2013: Two new Executive Actions announced.