Transcript for Obama: 'Shame on Us If We've Forgotten' Newtown
Why would we want to make it more difficult for dangerous person to get his or her hand on a gut. I would we want to close the loophole that allows many as 40% of all gun purchases to take place without a background check why would we do that. If you ask most Americans outside of Washington. Including many gun owners. Some of these ideas don't consider them controversial. Right now 90% of Americans. 90%. Support background -- -- we'll keep criminals and people have been found to be a danger themselves or others from buying a gun. More than 80% of Republicans agree more that 80% of gun owners -- Think about that. How often. -- percent of Americans agree on anything. And there are some powerful voices on the other side. That are interest in running up the clock we're changing the subject -- drowning out the majority of the American people to prevent any of these reforms from. Happening at all -- doing everything they can to make all our progress collapsed under the weight of fear and frustration. Or their assumption is that people just forget about. I read an article. In the news just the other day. Wondering. Is Washington. Has as Washington missed its opportunity because. As time goes on after Newtown sub somehow. People start moving on forget. -- -- tell you people here they don't forget. -- is -- not forget. That is moms hasn't forgotten. The notion that two months or three months after is something as horrific. As what happened in -- happens. And we've moved on other things. That's not who we are. That's not who we are. I want to make sure every American. Is listening today. Less than a hundred days ago that -- In the entire country. Was shot. In the entire country pledged we would do something about -- -- this time would be different. Shame on us -- we forgotten. I haven't forgotten those kids. Shame on -- support -- -- Tears aren't enough. Expressions of sympathy aren't enough. Speeches aren't enough. We've cried enough. We've known enough heart -- What we're proposing. Does not radical. It's not taken away anybody's gun rights. It's something that that. If we are serious we will do. Now's the time to turn that heartbreak in the something real. It won't solve every problem there will still be gun deaths will still be tragedies there'll still be violence -- -- still be evil. But we can make a difference. If not just -- activists here on the stage but the general public. Including responsible gun owners say you know what. We we we we can do better than us. We can do better to make sure that few were parents have to indoor. The pain of losing a child to an act of violence.
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