WASHINGTON—U.S. President Barack Obama has announced a series of new "commonsense" measures meant to reduce gun violence, bypassing Congress on an issue that has sharply divided the American public.
Obama rolled out the new policies Tuesday during a White House address, where he chided lawmakers for failing to enact tighter gun control measures, despite a wave of recent mass shootings.
"We are the only advanced country on earth that sees this kind of mass violence erupt with this kind of frequency," said Obama, who was surrounded by victims of recent gun attacks.
"People are dying. And the constant excuses for inaction will no longer suffice," he said. "That's why we're here today: not to discuss the last mass shooting, but to prevent the next one. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS