President Obama has been called the “Consoler-in-Chief” because he’s had to comfort the nation in the wake of a mass shooting more than a dozen times during his presidency. Tuesday, he announced a series of executive actions he plans to undertake to curb gun violence.
Although the president said he believes in the 2nd Amendment, he also pointed out America’s unique level of violence among advanced nations.
“We are the only advanced country on Earth that sees this kind of mass violence erupt with this kind of frequency,” President Obama said. “It doesn’t happen in other advanced countries. It’s not even close.”
The president criticized Congress for not passing common sense reform measures, blasting them for being in bed with to the gun lobby.
“The gun lobby may be holding Congress hostage right now. But they cannot hold America hostage,” he said. “We do not have to accept this carnage as the price of freedom.”
Toward the end of the speech, a visibly emotional President Obama wiped away tears when he discussed victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
“Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad,” he said, wiping away tears. “And by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day.”
While it remains to be seen what affect President Obama’s new measures will have on gun violence, it’s clear this issue is close to his heart.