President Obama to Hold Gun Control Town Hall on CNN

The President will join Anderson Cooper on Thursday evening for event titled “Guns in America”


President Barack Obama is taking his push for tighter gun sales restrictions to cable news.

The President will join CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Thursday evening for a one-hour live town hall on gun control, the cable news network announced Sunday.

The event, titled “Guns in America,” is scheduled to air live at 8 p.m. ET.

The broadcast is timed to coincided with the fifth anniversary of the shooting of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, (D-Arizona). On January 8, 2011, Giffords was shot in the head outside a Safeway supermarket in Casas Adobes, Arizona, a suburb of Tucson. A gunman opened fire on Giffords and several others as she held a “Congress on Your Corner” gathering with constituents. The shooting left six people dead and 13 others wounded.

President Obama has repeatedly expressed his frustration with Congress’ inability to pass new gun laws, most recently after the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. That shooting left 14 people dead and 22 others injured when a gunman and his wife opened fire at the Inland Regional Center during a holiday party for San Bernardino County workers. Hours later the suspects were killed in a shootout with authorities.

In addition to addressing gun control on Thursday, the President will take questions from the audience.