Grassley Challenges Obama: Fix Mental Health Before Targeting Guns

The influential chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee moved quickly Thursday to question plans by President Obama to impose gun control next week, claiming that none of the administration’s ideas would have done a thing to stop the recent mass shootings.

A regular on Twitter, Grassley tweeted, “So Obama will soon issue ExecOrders on GunControl/None of ideas put forth wld hv stopped mass murders of last several yrs/Do mental issues”

His was among the first legislative voices to slam Obama’s plan to tighten the background check system by forcing small dealers to follow the same rules as big gun stores, a move toward so-called universal background checks that would even force friends and relatives to face a check when getting a firearm as a gift from a friend or relative.