CNN has locked in plans for a town hall meeting this week in which President Obama will mount a push to make gun legislation a part of his legacy in his final year in office.
With stiff opposition to gun control from Republicans in Congress, Obama was expected to announce unilateral action on the issue this week, the story reports.
“He will join CNN’s Anderson Cooper Thursday for an exclusive one-hour live town hall on gun control at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, in hopes of mounting a final pitch to the public,” CNN reports. “It’s an issue he has had zero success on so far in his presidency, despite his repeated, emotional appeals for change.”
“Guns in America” will air at 8 p.m. ET, with Obama to field questions from audience members along with being interviewed by Cooper on gun issues.
“The event’s timing coincides with the fifth anniversary, next Friday, of the shooting of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, in a rampage that left six dead and 13 others wounded,” CNN notes.