‘Tearful’ Obama vows to curb gun violence

Washington:  President Barack Obama on Tuesday, condemned the gun violence around the United States and vowed to curb the bloodshed with or without Congress.

He made a passionate call for a national "sense of urgency" to limit gun violence.

As tears streamed down his face, President accused the gun rights groups of making Congress their hostage.

In a combative tone, he came out with plans for expanded background checks and other modest measures that have drawn criticism from these groups.

"First-graders," Obama said woefully, resting his chin on his hand and wiping away tears as he recalled the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. "Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad."

Obama has repeatedly and desperately implored Congress to pass the new gun control laws to keep guns from those who shouldn't have them.

He grew emotional on Tuesday, introduced by Mark Barden, whose son Daniel was killed in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Obama circled back to that shooting in the final moments of his speech.

"Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad," Obama said, pausing to wipe away tears.

He added: "And by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day," referring to his hometown where he began his political career.

Obama said Congress, which blocked a tougher gun bill in 2013, still needs to impose new gun control measures. He noted that many of the actions he's calling for can only be imposed through legislative action.

News24 Bureau