President Barack Obama has not given up on enacting laws that restrict the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.
In an interview with ABC News’s Dr. Richard Besser, Obama admitted that he will continue to do whatever he can to roll back one’s right to keep and bear arms.
“What we’ve done is to try to do as much as we could administratively to tighten up how background checks are run, to go after illegal drug runners,” President Obama said during the interview at Howard University. “But I will tell you that trying to get something through Congress has proven to be very difficult. And it’s heart-breaking.”
Besser asked Obama about the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and how his administration failed to galvanize lawmakers to pass gun control in the wake of that tragedy.
“You know, those two or three days after the Sandy Hook shooting are some of the worst days of my presidency because I met those families right after,” Obama said. “And you’re talking about 6-year-olds who were just systematically murdered. And that may be one of the few times where I was just shocked that Congress didn’t act.”
Obama explained how much of the resistance to tougher gun laws comes from the nation’s gun lobby.
“But the power of NRA and the gun lobby in Congress is formidable,” Obama said. “And you know, we’re going to keep chipping away at this, but until you get intense public demands for this, it’s probably not going to happen because some special interests and lobbyists in Washington are really, really strong and their membership feels very intensely about the issue. Whereas the general public is concerned about it, but doesn’t make it their top priority.”