President Obama Sheds Tears In #StopGunViolence Press Conference

January 5, 2016  |  

I don’t have to tell y’all that gun control in this country is a problem. From the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, to the one in a Black church in South Carolina and then the nearly everyday occurrences in Chicago, there is a problem and we have to address it.

Today, during a press conference on gun control, President Obama is seeking to do just that.

President Obama has been calling Congress to act on gun control for months now, with no results. So after meeting with his team to see what could be done, today he proposed an executive order that seeks to do several things.

1. Keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people, through background checks.

2. Make the communities safer from gun violence, through stricter enforcement of gun laws, tracking the illegal sale of firearms, renewing domestic violence outreach efforts.

3. Increasing mental health treatment and reporting to the background check system.

4. Shape the future of gun safety technology

You can get a more in depth look at the proposal here. 

In proposing this new legislation, President Obama shed tears speaking about the children slain in Newtown, Connecticut.

“All of us should be able to work together, to find a balance that declares the rest of our rights are also important. Second amendment rights are important. But there are other rights that we care about as well. Because our right to worship freely and safely, that right was denied to Christians in Charleston, South Carolina. And that was denied Jews in Kansas City. And that was denied Muslims in Chapel and Sikhs in Oak Creek.

Liberty and the pursuit of happiness, those rights were stripped from college kids in Blacksburg and Santa Barbara and from high schoolers at Columbine. And from first graders in Newtown. First graders. And from every family who never imagined that their loved one would be taken from our lives by a bullet from a gun.

Wiping tears away, he said, “Every time I think about those kids it gets me mad. And by the way it happens on the streets of Chicago everyday.”

You can watch President Obama’s full remarks in the video below. (The press conference starts around the 35:15 mark.)

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