Since the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut prompted a national call for action just over 100 days ago, gun violence has killed more than 2,000 Americans. “Every day that we wait to do something about it, even more of our fellow citizens are stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun,” President Obama said .
Colorado – a state that’s experienced two of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.
President Obama has already taken action to prevent future violence. State officials worked together to enact tougher background checks that help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people without infringing on the rights of responsible gun owners.
“There doesn’t have to be a conflict between protecting our citizens and protecting our Second Amendment rights,” President Obama said. “Colorado has shown that practical progress is possible.”
“If these reforms can keep one person from murdering dozens of innocent children, or worshippers, or moviegoers, in the span of minutes – isn’t that something worth fighting for?” President Obama asked. “I believe it is. That’s why I’m going to keep on working. I’m going to keep on giving it my best efforts. But I’m going to need your help.”