President Obama Gets Super Emotional During Powerful Gun Control Speech (Video)
On Tuesday, President Obama announced executive actions he's taking to reduce gun violence.
It's clear the president is fed up with inaction in Congress on this issue, ultimately leading him to this point.
In an impassioned speech, he argued gun control is not about placing burdensome restrictions on gun owners; it's about common sense and the safety of Americans.
The president said,
At one point, while recalling the tragic and heartbreaking shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, the president became quite emotional -- tears streamed down his face. It was a powerful and touching moment.
This is obviously an issue the president is extremely passionate about.
On average, around 30,000 people are killed by guns in the US on an annual basis: over 10,000 from gun violence and around 20,000 from firearm suicides.
Shockingly, gun violence kills more Americans every year than terrorism has since 9/11.
Indeed, this is a huge problem, and it's one we cannot afford to ignore.
Accordingly, it's hard to disagree with the president on this issue, particularly given Congress is seemingly unwilling to do anything to address it.
The president's executive action will expand background checks and make them more efficient, and require those selling firearms to get licenses and conduct background checks. It will also add 200 new ATF agents and investigators.
It also calls for investing more resources in mental health care and expanding access to treatments, as well as increased research into gun safety technology.
President Obama is aware gun control will not completely eradicate gun violence, but it's apparent he feels doing nothing is both counterintuitive and unethical.
Watch the full speech below.