Rather than spending time trying to win over reluctant members of Congress, President Obama wants to sell his plan to reduce gun violence directly to the voters in their districts.
For his gun control measures to advance, President Obama needs the support of centrist Democrats in Congress who are worried about their reelection prospects. So the administration decided they are better off helping to build a groundswell of popular support to embolden lawmakers, the Washington Post said.
President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are planning to hit the road with speeches and other public appearances to promote their gun control proposals to require universal background checks, and ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines. The White House recently unveiled the plan to follow up on a promise to take meaningful action after last month's mass-shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
To start things off, Biden discussed gun issues Thursday in an online forum for voters and plans to travel Friday to Richmond to hold a roundtable session focused in part on the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech.
Obama will also use a new powerful tool to reach voters. His reelection campaign recently morphed into an advocacy group called Organizing for Action to promote Obama's second term agenda. The group will be able to mobilize volunteers and supporters and help raise money to pressure lawmakers, the Post said.
For Obama's State of the Union address scheduled for Feb. 12, the White House is considering inviting families of the children who died in the Newtown shooting to join first lady Michelle Obama in her viewing box, the Post reports.
Via the Washington Post