Pushing for gun control, Barack Obama gets teary-eyed over Sandy Hook shooting

U.S. President Barack Obama sheds a tear while delivering a statement on steps the administration is taking to reduce gun violence in the East Room of the White House in Washington January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

US President Barack Obama sheds a tear while delivering a statement on steps the administration is taking to reduce gun violence at the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on Tuesday. Obama was surrounded by survivors and relatives of victims of gun violence, especially those of the attack on the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown three years ago in which more than 20 children died. REUTERS

U.S. President Barack Obama wipes a tear while talking about Newtown and other mass killings during an event held to announce new gun control measures at the White House in Washington January 5, 2016. The White House unveiled gun control measures on Monday that require more gun sellers to get licenses and more gun buyers to undergo background checks, moves President Barack Obama said were well within his authority to implement without congressional approval. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Barack Obama wipes a tear while unveiling the gun control measures he is implementing through a presidential Executive Order. The measures require more gun sellers to get licenses and more gun buyers to undergo background checks, moves President Barack Obama said were well within his authority to implement without Congressional approval. REUTERS

U.S. President Barack Obama is seen in tears while delivering a statement on steps the administration is taking to reduce gun violence in the East Room of the White House in Washington January 5, 2016. Vice President Joe Biden is at right. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

US President Barack Obama is accompanied by vice president Joe Biden. "Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad," the president said about the Newtown shooting. "So all of us need to demand a Congress brave enough to stand up to the gun lobby's lies." REUTERS

U.S. President Barack Obama is seen in tears while delivering a statement on steps the administration is taking to reduce gun violence in the East Room of the White House in Washington January 5, 2016. Vice President Joe Biden is at right. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

US President Barack Obama, supported by Joe Biden (right) delivered a teary statement from the East Room of the White House, in which he said, "The gun lobby may be holding Congress hostage right now, but they can't hold America hostage." However, the National Rifle Association retaliated, stating, "The timing of this announcement, in the eighth and final year of his presidency, demonstrates not only political exploitation but a fundamental lack of seriousness." REUTERS


Updated Date: Jan 06, 2016 12:19 PM

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