Obama presented his agenda at the White House, in front of an audience that included relatives of some of the 20 first graders who were killed along with six adults by a gunman on December 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
A plan for executive and legislative action to STOP gun violence. Obama set up with the powerful U.S. gun lobby and its supporters in Congress, who will resist what they see and constitutionally protect the gun rights of the second amendment.
Until now, Obama had done little to change America's gun laws. But just days before his second inauguration, he appeared to champion gun control in his next term, which also will be dominated by debt and spending fights with Congress and a likely debate over immigration reform.
"No piece of legislation is perfect and no piece of legislation is 100 percent effective. Think of it like a speeding limit. You may every once in a while violate the speeding limit, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't have speeding limits - they protect people's lives," he told the press.
The NRA, accused Obama of being "just another elitist hypocrite" for accepting Secret Service protection for his young daughters, then turning down the lobby group's proposal to put armed guards in all schools.
"Only honest, law-abiding gun owners will be affected and our children will remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy," the group said in response to Obama's proposals.