President Barack Obama, on Wednesday night, vowed to do everything he could to prevent “not just gun violence, but violence at every level” in light of the July 20 massacre in Aurora, Colorado (video below).
Speaking to the Urban League Convention in New Orleans, President Obama said: “I think we recognize the traditions of gun ownership that passed on from generation to generation, that hunting and shooting are part of a cherished national heritage."
"But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals. That they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities.”
“Our hearts break for the victims of the massacre in Aurora. We pray for those who were lost and we pray for those who loved them. We pray for those who are recovering with courage and with hope. And we also pray for those who succumb to the less publicized acts of violence that plague our communities in so many cities across the country every single day.”