If President O'Bama really wanted to "close the gun show loophole", he could probably get a bill through Congress with little problem. But that's not his goal. In fact, I wonder whether the President wants to do anything constructive about gun violence as his proposals routinely address the LEGAL purchase of firearms.
Moreover, every time the President opens his mouth on gun control, millions of Americans flock to gun dealers and purchase firearms. Many of these are first time buyers who never take the time to familiarize themselves with their weapons. They don't practice with them. They don't learn how to maintain them. They don't learn how to safeguard them. They don't learn how to handle them safely. They just buy them and worse! They buy firearm types they believe are targeted by the anti-gun lobby. These are the worst firearms (IMHO) for first-time buyers to purchase.
President O'Bama's stated objectives are achieving the exact opposite effect. On Black Friday 2015, there were over 185,345 background checks performed by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). In other words, nearly 200,000 firearms were sold in one 24-hour period. Judging by the brisk activity at gun stores, camping/fishing/outdoor stores (such as Gander Mountain, Dick's Sporting Goods, Cabellas etc.) the President's 1/5/16 comments has produced yet another stampede.
The news media rarely gives us the truth about news anymore. Therefore, in an attempt to find a non-emotional summary of the President's proposals, I did a search and came up with one that appears to serve the purpose. It can be found on the web site of The National Conference of State Legislatures. It is titled:
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