Obama calls on candidates to support gun reform

President Obama says he will not support US presidential candidates who do not back gun reforms, even if they are from his own Democratic party

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

Barack Obama, during a commercial break at a town hall meeting with CNN's Anderson Cooper on reducing gun violence at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, on January 7, 2016.

Every year, over 30,000 Americans die due to gun related incidents across America. US President Barack Obama announced new gun control measures on Thursday evening and said that he will not support any US presidential candidate who does not back gun reforms, even if they are from his own Democratic party.

"I will not campaign for, vote for or support any candidate, even in my own party, who does not support common-sense gun reform," Obama wrote in an op-ed column in the New York Times.

"All of us need to demand leaders brave enough to stand up to the gun lobby's lies," Obama wrote. "All of us need to demand that governors, mayors and our representatives in Congress do their part."

The Times published Obama’s piece just before he was scheduled to answer questions on a televised town hall meeting on gun violence.

The Gun Violence Archive, which collects data on gun incidents from media, government and commercial sources, reported 33 deaths on Jan. 1 from 106 incidents involving firearms, resulting in 81 injuries.

In the last decade, 300,000 people have been killed by guns in the US.

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