Barack Obama’s emotional speech on his executive action for strict gun control had an emotionally packed guest list. The room was one large force of charged passions fuel by horrific experience. The president was introduced to this carefully selected room by Mark Barden. Mark Barden was the father of Daniel Barden who was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut. The Sandy Hook shooting was the reference in the speech that later elicited major emotional response from President Obama.
Among the rest of the carefully selected invites were Amy Schumer. Amy Schumer’s cousin is New York Senator Chuck Schumer. Amy Schumer held her own emotionally charged speech in August to state her stance for congress to fight for a stronger background check system. This speech was made after her film premiere was the location of one of the many mass shootings the U.S. experienced in 2015. The gunman of the “Trainwreck” shooting killed two people after legally purchasing an automatic weapon.
Also on the guest list was former Representative Gabrielle Giffords was critically wounded in a mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona. That shooting in particular killed six people and wounded 13, as well as left Giffords disabled after months of intensive recovery.
“Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad,” Obama said, stopping seemingly off script and wiping away tears as brought the speech back to Sandy Hook. The room filled with the sounds of hundreds of photographs being taken by all photographers there, eager to capture the emotional moment by our president in his final days in office. “And by the way,” he mentioned (again, seemingly off-handed) “it happens on the streets of Chicago every day,” his emotions rising in his voice as he recalled the horrific daily fears one has in his hometown.
His White House Administration seeks to strengthen the background checks already necessary for buyers. His executive order states that individuals “in the business of selling firearms” must be already registered as gun dealers, which would disregard the very dangerous “gun show loophole.”
“We know we can’t stop every act of violence, every act of evil in the world. But maybe we could try to stop one act of evil, one act of violence,” he mentioned. However he did much to ensure his oposers that he would not be engaging in an act that would “come for those with guns” to take them away:
“I believe in the Second Amendment, there written on paper, that guarantees the right to bear arms,” Obama promised, “No matter how many times people try to twist my words around, I taught constitutional law. I know a little bit about this. But I also believe that we can find ways to reduce gun violence consistent with the Second Amendment.”