President Barack Obama has said he wants to take unilateral action to tackle the problem of gun violence in the United States.

In his first weekly address of 2016, Mr Obama said he would meet Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss possible actions.

According to BBC News, Mr. Obama said he would seek to use his executive powers as president because the US Congress had failed to address the problem.

Analysts say there will be a backlash from gun activists and Republicans.

But Mr. Obama told Americans that he had received too many letters from parents, and teachers, and children, to sit around and do nothing.

He has admitted that his inability to win Congressional backing for what he called “common sense gun laws” was the greatest frustration of his presidency.

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