President Obama calls on parents to launch a sustained effort to end gun violence

President Obama addressed the nation this morning, one week after the Sandy Hook massacre that left twenty small children and six educators dead. He responded specifically to the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have signed petitions at asking for the White House to address gun violence. This morning’s address is a welcome signal of our president’s commitment to take firm and decisive action at this time of national mourning, when the conversation about gun rights has shifted. Obama says that, while “the second amendment guarantees the individual right to bear arms,” certain changes are necessary and sensible, changes that “both protect our rights and protect our kids,” and have received the support not just of gun control advocates but also of responsible gun owners. (more…)