Obama Breaks Down In Tears During Speech On Gun Violence

CREDIT: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

President Barack Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden and gun violence victims, wipes tears from his cheek as speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, about steps his administration is taking to reduce gun violence. Also on stage are stakeholders, and individuals whose lives have been impacted by the gun violence.

Today, in a speech in the East Room of the White House, President Obama announced a series of executive actions designed to curb gun violence. Obama’s initiative includes strengthening background checks, hiring more ATF agents, increasing funds for mental health treatment, and sponsoring research on gun safety technology.

Obama not only spelled out the details of his plan, but also took the time to tell the stories of the people who have lost their lives to gun violence.

“We maybe can’t save everybody, but we can save some,” Obama said.

When he began talking about the first graders who lost their lives at Newtown, he began to cry. “Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad,” he said.

He continued with his speech, wiping away the tears:

Obama’s actions and emotions clearly reflect a frustration with an intransigent Congress that refuses to accept any efforts at gun control.

“The gun lobby may be holding Congress hostage right now. But they cannot hold America hostage. We do not have to accept this carnage as the price of freedom,” Obama said.