Obama Takes to YouTube to Address Online Gun Control Petitions

By Cameron Scott 

President Obama recorded a video response to the online petitions on the White House’s site, WeThePeople, asking him to address gun control and school safety.

Petitions that garner 25,000 signatures on the site get a written response from the White House. Few get a video response starring the president. But several petitions sprung up in the wake of the Newtown shootings, and at least one surpassed the required 25,000 signatures within hours.

In his response, Obama refers to “hundreds of thousands” of signatures.

Obama proposes “banning the sale of military-style assault weapons & high-capacity ammunition clips and making sure criminals can’t take advantage of legal loopholes to buy a gun from somebody who won’t take the responsibility of doing a background check at all.”

The president has also asked vice president Biden to propose initiatives related to school safety and mental health care in January.

He asked citizens, including “responsible gun owners” for their help, including “calling their members Congress as many times as it takes

“You’ve started something and now I’m asking you to keep at it,” Obama said.

The Obama administration launched We the People in late 2011.