President Obama gave one of his most powerful speeches ever today when announcing new executive action on guns:
Weeping at the memory of the children murdered during a shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School, President Obama unveiled a series of executive actions Tuesday aimed at preventing more mass killings.
In a powerful 30- minute address to the nation, Obama outlined his plans to slow the flood of firearms sales and keep weapons out of the hands of potential mass murderers.
But the normally stoic Obama grew visibly emotional when he recalled the murders of 20 first graders and six staffers three years ago by a gunman with an assault rifle at the grade school in Newton, Conn.
"Every time I think about those kids it gets me mad," Obama said as his eyes welled-up with tears. "And by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day."
While these certainly are good steps in the right direction, Obama acknowledged that this is just a small part of a longer and tougher fight:A teary-eyed @POTUS on #SandyHook shooting: "Every time I think about those kids — it gets me mad" https://t.co/BeVmNKsB1s— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 5, 2016
And, yes, it will be hard, and it won’t happen overnight. It won’t happen during this Congress. It won’t happen during my presidency. But a lot of things don’t happen overnight. A woman’s right to vote didn’t happen overnight. The liberation of African Americans didn’t happen overnight. LGBT rights — that was decades’ worth of work. So just because it’s hard, that’s no excuse not to try.And that's where the next president comes in:
Clinton says she is "pleased" with President Obama's executive action on guns because "some of what he called for I had advocated for"— Monica Alba (@AlbaMonica) January 5, 2016
"I am really appealing to responsible gun owners," Clinton says on reforms. "We can do this in accord to the Constitution."— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) January 5, 2016
Hillary didn't say it, but I will: Her frequent, forceful and eloquent talk about guns on the campaign trail over the past several months helped to push the president towards the actions he took today. So there should be no question whatsoever that she will not only enforce these new actions (unlike anyone on the GOP side) but go even further in the years to come to help keep Americans safe from the plague of gun violence.
Here she is talking about it in depth last month on Late Night with Seth Meyers.