White House officials have confirmed that President Barack Obama will address gun control policies soon. However, some critics believe that he should have used the State of the Union platform to address the hotly-debated topic.
According to media reports, the President intentionally omitted gun control from his nationally-televised address in order to focus on the topics of job creation and the economy. Administration officials said that the White House will unveil its plans to strengthen current laws, which allow some mentally unstable individuals to obtain certain weapons.
Gun control advocacy groups have pressured Obama and Federal lawmakers to implement more thorough background checks for firearm purchases following the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, Ariz. that left six people dead, including a 9-year-old girl.
The National Rifle Association (NRA), an influential lobbying group, has warned that an overreaction to an isolated incident may lead to a violation of the 2nd Amendment rights.
"Once again, you and your freedoms are being blamed for the acts of a deranged madman, who sent signal after signal that he was dangerous," NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said in an email to the group's members, quoted by The Washington Post.