WASHINTON, D.C. (AP) – President Barack Obama was moved to tears in an unusually emotional display during his announcement of new executive actions on guns.
Obama said “it gets me mad” every time he thinks about the 20 first-graders who were killed in the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school in December 2012.
But his emotions had already begun to overtake him by the time he said that.
Obama spoke at the White House on Tuesday about rights that had been denied victims of other mass shootings. He mentioned freedom of religion taken from parishioners killed at a South Carolina church and freedom of assembly taken from movie-goers killed at cinemas in Colorado and Louisiana. He also mentioned the violence in his Chicago hometown.
Obama paused and wiped a tear from the corner of his left eye. Tears flowed freely down both cheeks.
Below are statements from local politicians about President Obama’s proposed executive action on gun control.
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss
“No president of the United States has the power to infringe on the rights granted by the Second Amendment. Congress and the courts should promptly step in to reverse this executive overreach.”
U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, R-Miss.
“I remain committed to protecting our Second Amendment rights and to ensuring that the federal government plays no role in any misguided gun control initiatives that restrict a law-abiding individual’s constitutional right to bear arms.
“President Obama’s unilateral decision to push his gun control agenda through executive fiat is not conducive to finding consensus on policies to ensure public safety and fight violent crime. His actions push the limits of his constitutional authority, and I fully expect them to be challenged by the Congress and in the courts. I am also concerned that public confidence in the federal government is diminished by the President’s readiness to sidestep the Congress and issue executive orders.”