During an emotional speech on Tuesday, President Obama broke down and cried while speaking about the Sandy Hook massacre that took the lives of twenty, first graders in 2012 and the gun control measures he recently asked federal agencies to begin enforcing.
The president was introduced by the father of one of the first-graders who was killed during, perhaps the worst mass shooting in America — not just because of the number of people who died, but because the vast majority of them were so young. Obama told the country that we need to “feel a sense of urgency” about gun control as too many children and adults are losing their lives. When speaking about Sandy Hook, he said:
Everytime I think about those kids, it gets me mad.
He wiped tears from his face as he spoke.
He went on to say,”People are dying and the constant excuses for inaction no longer do, no longer suffice.”
We absolutely agree. More than thirty thousand people die every.single.year. in this country. While we see our citizens die with frightening speed, the NRA puppets in Congress refuse to pass common sense gun reform laws because…freedom. Meanwhile, we can’t even send our kids to school and know they will make it through the day alive. The absolute worst thing we can do is sit by and continue to allow it to happen.
Two weeks after the shooting in Newtown, Conn. President Obama said,”That was the worst day of my presidency, and it’s not something that I want to see repeated.” But it was, over and over again — in a church, in movie theaters, in a college in Oregon. Mass shootings happen with such frquency in the U.S. that we do not even blink anymore when one flashes across our computer and television screens.
We live in one of the most, if not the most, powerful country’s in the world and yet, we are seeing our own people die constantly from gun violence. We have to stand up and fight for change, the president can only do so much. The Second Amendment is not worth our kids’, mothers’, fathers’, brothers’ and sisters’ lives.
Watch the president’s moving speech below:
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