President Obama said Friday that he would meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday “to discuss our options” on executive action for stricter gun regulation.
The president said in his weekly radio address that his New Year’s resolution is “to move forward on our unfinished business as much as I can.” He asked citizens to help him fight an “epidemic of gun violence” and a “gun lobby [that] is loud and well organized.”
“I get too many letters from parents and teachers and kids to sit around and do nothing,” Obama said. “I get letters from responsible gun owners who grieve with us every time these tragedies happen.”
Obama said he asked his staff several months ago to look into executive action on guns. CNN reported Thursday that the president was expected to announce “in the coming days” action that would expand background checks on gun purchases, just before his final State of the Union address on January 12.
Reports of looming executive action began circulating last month after a husband and wife shot and killed 14 people at a holiday office party in San Bernardino, California. Current legislation, Obama said then, makes it “just too easy” for individuals to acquire firearms.
“It’s going to be important for all of us, including our legislatures, to see what we can do to make sure that when individuals decide that they want to do somebody harm, we’re making it a little harder for them to do it,” he said at the time.