Parents of the children who lost their lives in Newtown, Conn. filed into the streets of Capitol Hill on Tuesday, April 9, to try and urge Congress to order mandatory background checks for those buying guns.
President Obama flew several families from Newtown, Conn. to Washington, D.C. on Air Force One so he could do everything possible to try and convince Congress to expand background checks on gun owners.
President Obama Visits Connecticut, Talks Gun Control
On Monday, April 8, the President spoke at the University of Hartford, where he addressed those from Newtown and all who were affected by the tragedy on Dec. 14.
“I know many of you in Newtown wondered if the rest of us would live up to the promises we made in those dark days . . . once the television trucks left, once the candles flickered out, once the teddy bears were gathered up. We will not walk away from the promise we’ve made.”
President Obama continued to say that Congress needs to make some changes so that those dangerous people cannot own guns, which is why he decided to bring the families with him back to Washington, D.C.
“This is not about me. This is not about politics. This is about doing the right thing for all the families who are here that have been torn apart by gun violence. It’s about them.
“Now’s the time to push back on fear, frustration and misinformation. The day Newtown happened was the toughest day of my presidency but I gotta tell you, if we don’t respond to this, that will be a tough day too. We’ve got to expect more from ourselves and we’ve got to expect more from Congress. Every now and then we have to set politics aside and just do what’s right.”
Families Of Newtown Join Obama In D.C.
To get his point across, the president flew back half a dozen relatives of victims from Newtown so that they could speak up in Capitol Hill and speak to Congress about making a difference in passing a new law.
The families are speaking with Congress on April 9.
WATCH: Newtown Parents Lobby In Washington, D.C.
— Emily Longeretta