Some nonprofit and foundation leaders are heralding a move by the White House this week to curb gun violence and called on others to take up the issue.
In an emotional speech in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday, President Obama announced executive action to strengthen the enforcement of gun laws, and require more gun sellers to be federally licensed and to perform background checks for all purchases. They also increase federal funding for mental-health care.
The actions are more modest than far-reaching gun regulations that Obama and some members of Congress proposed in 2013 and are sure to face legal challenges. Still, foundation and charity leaders are applauding efforts to bypass a gridlocked Congress unwilling or unable to pass comprehensive gun legislation.