U.S President Barrack Obama wipes away tears while announcing steps the administration is taking to reduce gun violence while delivering a statement in the White house, Washington.
The president said he would bypass the Republican-led Congress to introduce the restrictions using his own executive powers. The president made an emotional plea today in defense of his administration's plan to increase background checks for buyers of firearms over the Internet and at gun shows, saying current exceptions do not make sense.
As he spoke about the deaths of 26 people, inculding 20 children, as San dy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2013, Mr Obama began crying. (Scroll down for the Video )
After a long silence he said:
"Each time I think about those kids it makes me mad. And, by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day."
"The gun lobby may be holding Congress hostage but they can’t hold America hostage. We can’t accept this carnage in our communities. In the words of Dr King we need to feel the fierce urgency of now because people are dying. The constant excuses for inaction no longer do, no longer suffice.
"We are the only country on Earth that sees this kind of mass violence erupt with such frequency. It doesn't happen in other advanced countries. We've become numb to it. We start thinking this is normal."
Under his plan the so-called "gun show loophole" would be closed. Private dealers, operating at gun shows or online, would be considered "in the business" of selling guns if they accept credit card transactions, rent a table at a show, or have business cards.
They would then be required to obtain licences and carry out background checks on buyers or face criminal prosecution. The FBI will hire 230 extra staff to process round-the-clock background checks.
Mr Obama also announced a crack down on "straw purchases" in which weapons are bought through intermediaries, and $500 million in extra funding to treat mental illness.
The president said: "This is not a plot to take away everybody's guns. You pass a background check, you purchase a firearm."
But Republicans accused him of launching a "war on the Constitution" by not consulting the legislative branch of government and may try to block the move in the courts, which could lead to a legal wrangle extending beyond Mr Obama's presidency.
There have been 142 school shootings in the US since the Sandy Hook's shooting in 2012, a near average of one a week, according to data compiled by Mass Shooting Tracker.....Too BAD!
Obama should use the very last veto power in his bag to stop this gun nonsense! What do civilians need guns for?