On Tuesday morning, President Barack Obama held a press conference on his new gun control plan which created controversy across the political spectrum for the fact that it bypassed Congress and Obama took matters into his own hands. Much of the plan revolves around far stricter and rigid background checks to be conducted by FBI investigators and a $500 million plan towards mental health treatment. Obama teared up when discussing the Sandy Hook shooting that took place in 2012 and how often children have become among those lost by gun violence. After a presidency marred by gun violence, mass shootings, Obama stated in his press conference that we have become “numb to it” and he’s weary of the “constant excuses for inaction”.

Flanked by gun violence victims and their families, Obama stated calmly that a solution was possible.

“I believe that we can find ways to reduce gun violence consistent with the Second Amendment … this is not a plot to take away everybody’s guns … We do have to feel a sense of urgency about it. In Dr. King’s words, we need to feel the fierce urgency of now.”

Obama also quoted former President Ronald Reagan in regard that his plan may not stop every mass shooting or every citizen who uses a gun in a violence act but that it can decrease the number of mass shooting events. Obama listed every mass shooting he’s spoke upon during his near eight years in office, stating that he hopes his plan can prevent at least “one act of evil, one act of violence”. While he almost broke down discussing the shooting in Sandy Hook three years ago, Obama couldn’t hold back the tears any longer.

PHOTO CREDIT: Washington Post