Obama Addresses Gun Violence Issue During State of the Union

President Obama reflects on the past year's senseless tragedies in Newtown, Chicago and Aurora.
4:31 | 02/12/13

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Of course. But -- said tonight matters little. If we don't come together to protect our most precious resource. Our children. It has been there. Two months since -- -- I know this is not the first time this country is debated how to reduce gun violence. But this time is different. Overwhelming majorities of Americans. Americans who believe in the Second Amendment. Have come together around common sense reform. Like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on -- Senator. Senators of both parties are working together on tough new laws to prevent anyone from buying guns for resale to criminal. Police chiefs are asking our help to get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets because. He's police chiefs were tired of seeing their guys and gals. Being outgunned. Each of these proposals deserves a -- in congress. If you want to vote no. That's your choice. But these proposals deserve a vote. Because in the two months since -- More than -- thousand birthdays. Graduation -- anniversaries. Have been stolen from our lives. By a bullet from -- More than a thousand. One of those we lost. Was a young girl named. Idea penalty. Just fifteen years old. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- She was a major -- She was so good to our friends. -- thought they were her best for -- just three weeks ago she was here in Washington. -- classmates. Performing for -- country -- my inauguration. In a week later she was shot and killed. In Chicago park after school. Just a mile away from my house. Ideas parents. Named Cleo. Or in this chamber tonight along -- more than two dozen Americans. Whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. They deserve a vote. -- deserved. They deserve a simple vote. Our actions will not prevent every senseless act of violence in this country. In fact no laws no initiatives. No administrative acts. -- perfectly solve all the challenges -- outlined tonight. But we were never sent here to be perfect. We were sent here to make what difference we can't. To secure this nation. Expand opportunity. Uphold our ideals through the hard often frustrating but absolutely necessary work of self government.

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