Obama weeps, promises to be more resolute in tackling gun violence; Republicans fume

President’s critics yesterday savaged his gun control steps as an unlawful assault on constitutional rights, with Republicans pledging to repeal the orders if they are elected in November

Washington: Citing the massacre of innocents in Newtown to gunning down of Sikh worshippers in Oak Creek, a tearful President Barack Obama vowed to curb gun violence by sidestepping the Congress.

US President Barack Obama, wiping away tears as he promised to be resolute in tackling gun violence. Pic/AFP
US President Barack Obama, wiping away tears as he promised to be resolute in tackling gun violence. Pic/AFP

“Second Amendment rights (to bear arms) are important, but there are other rights that we care about as well,” said Obama in the White House East Room yesterday, flanked by relatives of the mass shootings victims.

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, said the President had never respected the Second Amendment and that his speech and his actions “amount to a form of intimidation that undermines liberty.”

Obama, wiping away tears as he pleaded to be more resolute in tackling gun violence, announced measures to tighten federal background checks for gun sales, require gun sellers to be licensed or face criminal prosecution, and expand mental health treatment.

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