When it comes to Second Amendment issues, it doesn't take long for the 2016 presidential candidates to weigh in.
Following the White House's announcement that the president would take executive action to increase gun regulation, and President Obama's Tuesday press conference, the White House hopefuls used Twitter to voice their opinions.
#StopGunViolence was Twitter's top trend and the hashtag used by the White House. #GunsInAmerica was also promoted by CNN. The network will host a town hall Thursday where the president will further discuss his new gun-control measures.
Unsurprisingly, the most vocal candidates were those promising to reverse any actions taken by Obama.
Because Obama's actions sidestep Congress, his successor could reverse or uphold the executive orders just as easily as they were instated. Measures taken by the president include increasing the efficiency of background checks, clarifying a loophole that allows guns to be more easily sold online or at conventions, researching and implementing gun-safety technology, and providing funding for mental-health care.
Republican candidates were ready to decry efforts by the administration.
In a video tweeted by Jeb Bush prior to the White House press conference, he strongly disagreed with the president, saying, "The protection of the Second Amendment keeps us safe," and that gun ownership "reeks of common sense."
NEW VIDEO: I will fight as hard as I can against any effort by Pres. Obama to challenge our 2nd Amendment rights.https://t.co/zdiunpuwDd— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) January 5, 2016
He also tweeted a statement shortly following the press conference.