Barack Obama signals he will push for gun control after Connecticut massacre, calling for ‘meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this’
Parents across the nation have begun calling for more security at their children’s schools
Concerned mothers and fathers lined up early to pick their little one up when class got out today
Obama has previously shied away from the gun control debate but signaled today that he would begin pushing for renewed limits on firearms
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a prominent gun control advocate, criticized Obama and said the nation needed new gun laws to stop violence
By Toby Harnden In Washington And Hayley Peterson
15 December 2012
Wiping away tears as he spoke, President Barack Obama today signaled he would push for tight gun control in the wake of the massacre of 26 at an elementary school in Connecticut, saying there had been ‘too many’ mass shootings in America.
During a moving appearance, he said the time had come to ‘take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.’
Obama struggled for words, pausing several times as he wept and described the ‘beautiful little kids between the ages of five and ten years old’ slaughtered in the school massacre in Connecticut.
Seldom has a head of state expressed greater public emotion in modern times. White House aides held hands and also wept as they sat in the briefing room named after James Brady, the press aide wounded in 1981 when President Ronald Reagan was shot and who later became the nation’s leading gun control advocate.