When announcing executive actions on gun control Tuesday, President Barack Obama teared up and was silent for several seconds when talking about victims — specifically at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

“Second Amendment rights are important,” Obama said. “There are other rights that we care about as well and we have to be able to balance them. because our right to worship freely and safely, that right was denied to Christians in Charleston, South Carolina, and that was denied Jews in Kansas City, and that was denied Muslims in Chapel Hill, and in Oak Creek, and they had rights, too.”

“Our right to peaceful assembly, that right was robbed from moviegoers in Aurora and Lafayette, and inalienable right to liberty and pursuit of happiness were stripped from college kids in Blacksburg, and Santa Barbara and from high schoolers in Columbine,” Obama said. “And from first graders in Newtown. First graders.”

“From every family who never imagined that their loved one would be taken from our lives by a bullet from a gun. every time I think the about those kids, it gets me mad. and by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago everyday,” the president added.