An emotional Barack Obama was seen crying during his speech about the need for stricter gun control. He was surrounded by gun-control advocates and family members of victims of gun violence.
American President Barack Obama welled up and shed a few tears during an emotional speech on gun control at the White House. He was addressing a crowd that comprised mostly of gun-control advocates and family members of victims of gun violence. Obama was speaking about his reasons behind the just announced slew of executive actions on guns.
The new executive gun control measures were direly needed against the backdrop of last month’s deadly attack in San Bernardino, California, said Obama. He was seen wiping away tears, while remembering the innocent victims of the gruesome killings, Referring to the 2013 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
“Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad. And by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day.”
As the equally charged audience applauded, he continued to cite a few more incidents of high-profile shootings, which might have been avoided it America had a stricter outlook about guns,
“Our right to peaceful assembly — that right was robbed from moviegoers in Aurora, high schoolers in Columbine and from first graders in Newtown. Our unalienable 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 at Columbine. And from first graders in Newtown. And from every family who never imagined that their loved one would be taken by a bullet from a gun.”
Obama shared the specifics of the executive order, which essentially mandates all sellers of guns and firearms to secure licenses, irrespective of their chosen platform. He outlined the details explaining the newly clarified rules that narrow the types of individual “private” gun sellers that can sell guns without subjecting their buyers to a background checks, reported Business Insider. Essentially, Obama has attempted to ensure there will be stringent background checks for those looking to secure licenses to bear arms, and those businesses selling arms will have to procure a federal license.
“Anybody in the business of selling firearms must get a license… or be subject to criminal prosecutions. It doesn’t matter whether you’re doing it over the Internet or a gun show.”
Obama added that the FBI would hire as many as 230 new agents to assist in processing the barrage of background checks that would flood in after the law is enforced. He didn’t shy away from slamming his outspoken and powerful critics that have relentlessly tried to oppose his push for gun-control measures, reported Us Weekly.
Increased and stricter gun control has been one of the toughest laws the Obama administration has had to deal with. Whenever the proposals for tighter gun controls have been raised, they have been vehemently shot down or derailed.
Pausing briefly to blink back tears or wipe them away, Obama appealed to the assembled audience to seek a stricter and braver administration that would stand against the mighty and influential gun lobby,
“So, all of us need to demand a Congress brave enough to stand up to the gun lobby’s lies. All of us need to stand up and protect its citizens. All of us need to demand governors and legislators and businesses do their part to make communities safer. We need the wide majority of gun owners to grieve with us every time this happens … and demand something better. The gun lobby may be holding Congress hostage right now, but they cannot hold America hostage.”
Incidentally, Obama feels if gun laws are loosened, states suffer. He mentioned the case of Missouri, which had loosened gun control restrictions.
Despite the popular believe that Barack Obama’s executive orders will snatch away the right to own a gun, the President categorically mentioned.
“Contrary to claims of some presidential candidates apparently before this meeting, this is not a plot to take away everybody’s guns. You pass a background check, you can purchase a firearm.”
The remark was also aimed at some Republican presidential candidates who had criticized Obama’s plan.
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