During an interview on 'Meet The Press' today, President Obama called the Dec. 14th shooting in Newtown, Connecticut “the worst day of my presidency” and promised new gun control laws, if the "American people decide it’s important" (video below).
President Obama emphasized that new gun control cannot happen without broad public support, reports ThinkProgress.org.
President Obama said: “We’re not going to get this done unless the American people decide it’s important and so this is not going to be a matter of me spending political capital. One of the things that you learn having now been in this office for four years. The old adage of Abraham Lincoln’s, ‘with public opinion there is nothing you can’t do and without public opinion there is very little you can get done in this town.’”
“It is not enough for us to say, ‘This is too hard so we’re not going to try. So what I intend to do is I will call all the stakeholders together. I will meet with Republicans. I will meet with Democrats. I will talk to anybody. I think there are a vast majority of responsible gun owners out there who recognize that we can’t have a situation in which somebody with severe psychological problems is able to get the kind of high capacity weapons that this individual in Newtown obtained and gun down our kids. And, yes, it’s going to be hard.”