From the Oval Office Monday, President Obama, sitting alongside Attorney General Loretta Lynch, announced a new round of executive gun control actions he says are "well within my legal authority."
The president assured that even the strictest Second Amendment-rights advocate would stand behind his proposals:
It is my strong belief that for us to get our complete arms around the problem, Congress needs to act. What I asked my team to do is to see what more we could do to strengthen our enforcement and prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands.
The good news is, is that these are not only recommendations that are well within my legal authority and the executive branch, but they're also ones that the overwhelming majority of American people, including gun owners, support and believe in.
Then, just as soon as he announced that these initiatives aim to prevent guns falling into the wrong hands, Obama admits guns will still fall into the wrong hands:
We have to be very clear that this is not going to solve every violent crime in this country. It's not going to prevent every mass shooting. It's not going to keep every gun out of the hands of a criminal. It will, potentially, save lives in this country and spare families the pain and extraordinary loss that they've suffered as a consequence of a firearm in the hands of the wrong people.
Despite this contradiction, and ignoring that fact that more laws have never stopped criminals from breaking them, the president said with confidence, "The recommendations that are being made by my team, here, are ones that are entirely consistent with the Second Amendment and people's lawful right to bear arms."