Executive Action on Guns?

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The president spoke from the Oval Office last night about terrorism and gun control. Polls show a significant majority of Americans support universal background checks. But last Thursday, the day after the San Bernardino shootings, the Senate voted down a universal background check bill. The Senate also voted down a measure that would prevent people on the terrorist watch list from being able to buy guns. A few Republicans joined the Democrats supporting background checks. But the votes were largely along partisan lines. Obama now is considering taking some kind of executive action on gun control.

Credits

Guest:
Adam Winkler - professor of law at UCLA, and author of "Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America" - @adamwinkler

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Jolie Myers, Christian Bordal, Laura Swisher