You may or may not have caught it, but sandwiched near the middle of his State of the Union speech Tuesday night President Obama once again vowed action on guns.
President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) AP Photo/Charles Dharapak
After being unable to push anti-gun legislation through Congress in 2013, Obama said he would act “with or without Congress.”
"Citizenship means standing up for the lives that gun violence steals from us each day," he said. "I’ve seen the courage of parents, students, pastors, police officers all over this country who say 'we are not afraid.' And I intend to keep trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters, in our shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook.
The line led to applause:
In December 2012, a gunman murdered 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Obama championed an expanded background check bill last year, but the bill died in the Democratic-controlled Senate.