President Obama called December 14, 2012 the absolute worst day of his presidency. On the fateful morning of that day, 26 people were killed in the second worst school shooting in American history. A lone gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and moaned down teachers, faculty, and 20 children aged five to six years old.
In an interview Sunday with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” President Obama spoke of the tragedy in Newtown as the lowest point in his time as president and vowed to put his “full weight” behind new anti-gun laws aimed to prevent such tragedies. Obama also questioned the credibility of the National Rifle Association (NRA) for proposing the placement of armed guards in schools follwing the Sandy Hook massacre.
The president’s alternative to the problem will include rallying the American people to support his anti-gun agenda, which includes banning assault weapons and magazines that can hold high levels of bullets. He also said that promoting anti-gun legislation will be one of his main goals in 2013. “It is not enough for us to say, `This is too hard so we’re not going to try,’” Obama said in his Sunday interview.
“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,” the president added.
Criticizing the NRA’s proposed solution to gun violence Obama said: “I am skeptical that the only answer is putting more guns in schools. And I think the vast majority of the American people are skeptical that that somehow is going to solve our problem. The question then becomes whether we are actually shook up enough by what happened here that it does not just become another one of these routine episodes where it gets a lot of attention for a couple of weeks and then it drifts away. It certainly won’t feel like that to me. This is something that – you know, that was the worst day of my presidency. And it’s not something that I want to see repeated.”