Sen. Elizabeth Warren: 'The NRA Will Be Defeated'

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has promised to defeat the National Rifle Association and gun lobbyists over gun control reform in the U.S.

“The NRA can be defeated, and the NRA will be defeated,” Warren said in a press call on Jan. 6, according to The Hill.

“I am ready to have that fight for gun reform right here, right now,” she added.

Warren supports the executive order made by President Barack Obama Jan. 5 on gun control, as she finds Congress had plenty of opportunities to pass gun control legislation, and repeatedly failed to act.

“The Republicans who control Congress have had all the time in the world to do something about gun violence, but every time Democrats try to get even the smallest reforms passed, the Republicans have flatly refused,” Warren said.

“If the Republican Party would rather work for the NRA than for the American people, and if they won’t do their jobs to keep our children safe, then somebody else has to step up,” she added.

Obama's gun control executive order mandates that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives require that people who sell guns at stores, gun shows or over the Internet be licensed and conduct background checks on purchasers, CNBC reported. Additionally, a provision to require background checks for buyers of dangerous weapons from a trust, corporation or other legal entity is in the process of being finalized.

"We're here today not to debate the last mass shooting, but to do something to try to prevent the next one," Obama said at the Jan. 5 press conference. "We do not have to accept this carnage as the price of freedom."

While Warren finds Obama’s executive order demonstrates to the American people that change is possible, she believes Congress still has work to do.

“The president has shown that change is possible,” Warren said, according to The Hill. “Now it’s our job in Congress to show that there are millions of us who are willing to fight. And that’s how you get sensible gun reforms. We will get it.”

Sources: The Hill, CNBC / Photo credit: AFGE/Flickr