Tuesday 6 December 2016

At last a US president stands up to the gun lobby and pledges action

Obama's commitment to executive action to stop the relentless slaughter has been widely welcomed

Rachel Lavin

Published 10/01/2016 | 02:30

Slaughter of the innocents: A makeshift memorial to the 20 children and six staff shot dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 Photo: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Slaughter of the innocents: A makeshift memorial to the 20 children and six staff shot dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 Photo: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

As tears trickled down his cheeks in a rare show of sadness, Barack Obama announced a series of historic reforms in the fight to rein in gun legislation in a country where gun violence is increasingly out of control.

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"People are dying," said the US president. "And the constant excuses for inaction no longer suffice."

But in an unprecedented attempt to enact gun control through executive action, will Obama be able to effect change in an area that has been treated as a 'no-go' area in American politics for the past two decades?

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