Congress blocked Obama's call for new gun laws after mass shootings

It was an issue over which President Barack Obama openly wept. Following a mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., in which 20 of the 26 victims were children, Obama addressed gun violence on Dec. 14, 2012, in a tearful White House press conference. Obama lamented the familiarity of such a heart-breaking tragedy, declaring that "we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics." His eight years in office included many more headline-grabbing attacks. Gunmen with semi-automatic rifles or handguns killed dozens in attacks at a … >>More stories from National


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