In his State of the Union address this evening, President Obama promised that 2014 would be a “year of action,” and his speech made it clear that those actions would be unilateral in nature.
However, he wisely said very little about gun control, except the following (emphasis added):
Citizenship means standing up for the lives that gun violence steals from us each day.Â I have seen the courage of parents, students, pastors, and police officers all over this country who say “we are not afraid,” and I intend to keep trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters, shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook.
2014 is of course an election year, and as such, I think we can expect more of the same – no new gun control legislation will pass in Congress, but the President may continue to issue Executive actions and potentially, Executive orders. What those actions and orders look like, and how far the President is willing to stretch his power, remains to be seen.