President Barack Obama marked the one year anniversary of the Newtown massacre that claimed the lives of 20 young children and six school workers to suggest the implementation of more gun control Saturday.
The president, who said “our hearts were broken for the families that lost a piece of their heart,” used his weekly Saturday address to call for change.
“[B]eneath the sadness, we also felt a sense of resolve – that these tragedies must end, and that to end them, we must change,” Obama said.
“And on this anniversary of a day we will never forget, that’s the example we should continue to follow. Because we haven’t yet done enough to make our communities and our country safer,” he added. “We have to do more to keep dangerous people from getting their hands on a gun so easily. We have to do more to heal troubled minds.”
“We have to do everything we can to protect our children from harm and make them feel loved, and valued, and cared for,” Obama continued.
The president, who will participate in a moment of silence Saturday to honor of the victims of Sandy Hook, concluded his address by asking Americans to continue pushing for change.
“As a nation, we can’t stop every act of violence. We can’t heal every troubled mind,” he said. “But if we want to live in a country where we can go to work, send our kids to school, and walk our streets free from fear, we have to keep trying.”
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