Recalling the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre brought tears to President Obama’s eyes during his gun-control speech Tuesday morning.
“Every time I think about those kids it gets me mad,” the president said. He wiped the moisture from his face five times while discussing the December 2012 mass shooting that took the lives of 20 children and six staff members at the Connecticut school, according to Breitbart News. The site noted that Obama criticized Congress for refusing to pass gun-control legislation following the incident. He also blasted the National Rifle Association, alleging that it holds lawmakers “hostage.”
The purpose of the speech was to announce the president’s executive orders concerning gun control. They include requiring background checks on firearms buyers at gun shows and online, improving the federal background-check system, forcing all gun dealers to obtain a federal license, providing more mental-health services, enhancing enforcement of gun-safety laws, and developing “smart gun” technology with safety features and tracking capability.
Among those in Obama’s audience were family members of the victims of recent mass shootings. They cheered his proposals, which have come under fire from Republicans and Second Amendment advocates.
The president closed his speech by praising Zavion Dobson, a Tennessee teenager who was shot in the head as he saved the lives of three girls. Quoting the Bible, the president said: “Greater love hath no man than this than a man lay down his life for his friends.”
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