President Barack Obama delivered a deeply personal and emotional appeal to the country to help curb gun violence on Tuesday at the White House.
The speech was a memorable for reasons beyond Obama’s emotion. For one, he was introduced by Mark Barden, whose son Daniel was killed in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Obama circled back to that shooting in the final moments of his speech.
More importantly, he stated that the White House is seeking to expand background checks for buyers. In addition to expanding and bolstering the background check system to cover sales that take place online and at gun shows, Obama said the administration will provide more funding for mental health treatment, FBI staff and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives agents. keeping formal sales records.
Watch President Obama emotional speech below: