President Obama spoke at a vigil for Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
He said he will do everything in his power to end the epidemic of gun violence in the nation.
“We’re not doing enough,” Obama said. “And we will have to change.”
“We can’t tolerate this anymore.”
“These tragedies must end, and to end them, we must change. We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and it is true. No single law, no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. But that can’t be an excuse for inaction. Surely we can do better than this.”
The President’s appearance after tragedies like this are all too common. He spoke after the Fort Hood shootings, the Tuczon Arizona shooting, and the shooting in Aurora Colorado. His address in the previous tragedies were focused on how the community and society can help each other better itself in the midst of gun violence.
However, his tone was different in his address in Newtown. He called for cultural and even legislative change in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting.
“We can’t accept events like this as routine,” he said. “Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage? That the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say that the violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?”
Obama was an advocate for strict gun control, but once in the White House the gun control issue faded. A renewed hope that stricter gun control laws will be put in place gives Toby Hoover, director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, much hope. Hoover lost her husband to gun violence when she was 30 years old. She has advocated for stricter gun laws ever since.
The following days after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, showed an increase of support on gun control laws, according to a poll by YouGov and The Huffington Post.
Congressional Democrats plan to introduce bills in the House and Senate to renew the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban in January.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) has kept quiet after Friday’s mass shooting. A spokeswoman for the NRA said that the group would not comment “until the facts are thoroughly known.”
What do you think? Would stricter gun laws prevent tragedies like the Sandy Hook shooting? What does society need to do?