President Obama is giving serious consideration to going around Congress to impose stricter background checks for gun purchases, the Washington Post reported today.  The president is heading to Roseburg, Oregon today to meet with families and victims of the Oct. 1 mass shooting at Umpqua Community College, which left nine people dead.  The Post reported: Under the proposed rule change, dealers who exceed a certain number of sales each year would be required to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and perform background checks on potential buyers. In the wake of last week’s tragedy, Obama said he had asked his team “to scrub what kinds of authorities do we have to enforce the laws that we have in place more effectively to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.”

“We are hopeful we can find a way to do this,” said one senior administration official, who noted that lawyers were still working through details to ensure that the rule could pass legal muster. “It’s a lot more clear today than it was a year ago how to work this out.” Some victims’ families in southern Oregon have expressed their opposition to Obama’s visit, arguing that they reject his calls for more gun control in the wake of the tragedy. Meantime, at a campaign event earlier this week in Iowa, Hillary Clinton likened the National Rifle Association to “Iranians and communists.” CONTINUE