A tearful Barack Obama on Tuesday made an emotional appeal for a definite stance on gun control violence.
The appeal puts America’s long battle with gun control into sharp focus.
As he addressed hundreds of people, Obama decried what he says is an unfortunate handling of a basic protective right.“Second Amendment rights are important, but there are other rights that we care about as well.” he said. “And we have to be able to balance them, 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 Hill and Sikhs in Oak Creek. They had rights too. Our right to peaceful assembly, that right was robbed from moviegoers in Aurora and Lafayette.
“Our inalienable right to life, and liberty and the pursuit of happiness, those rights were stripped from college kids in Blacksburg and Santa Barbara, and from high- schoolers in 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.”
More than 30,000 Americans die from gun violence every year.January 5, 2016
For a man seen as Mr Tough, he may have been admittedly moved by the events of the last two years where more lives have been lost in a poorly managed system that does not speak against callous purchases.
He lashed out at lawmakers saying they’ve done very little to salvage the situation. He called the new stance a ‘sense of urgency’ to fight a growing monster.
Obama’s suggestions include but not limited to further checks on buyers.
Obama has often said his toughest time in office was grappling with the December 2012 massacre of 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown.
“Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad,” Obama said, tears rolling down his cheek.“And by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day. So, all of us need to demand that Congress be brave enough to stand up to the gun lobby’s lies. All of us need to stand up and protect its citizens.”