As President Obama visited the community rocked by last week’s Oregon college shooting Friday, the president was reportedly considering executive action on gun background checks — after he called for Americans to turn gun control into a political issue in the wake of the shooting.
Obama met Friday with survivors and families of those killed in the attack at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. The gunman killed nine before killing himself.
“I’ve got some very strong feelings about this, because when you talk to these families, you are reminded that this could be happening to your child, or your mom, or your dad, or your relative, or your friend,” Obama said at the end of his visit.
“And so, we’re going to have to come together as a country to see how we can prevent these issues from taking place,” he said.
The Washington Post reported that the White House is considering executive action that would compel background checks for “individuals who buy from dealers who sell a significant number of guns each year.” Dealers who exceed a certain number of sales each year would be required to obtain a license and perform background checks, the Post reported.
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