Excerpts of the President’s Remarks on Reducing Gun Violence
As Prepared for Delivery
“I noticed that Nicole and others refer to that day as “twelve
For thesefamilies, it was a day that changed everything. And I know many of you in Newtownwondered if the rest of us would live up to the promises we made in those dark days
if we’d change, too; or if, once the television trucks left, once the candles flickered out,
once the teddy bears were gathered up
your country would move on to
“Newtown, we want you to know that we’re here with you.
We will not walk away
from the promises we’ve made.
We are as determined as ever to do what must bedone.
““As soon as this week, Congress will begin debating commonsense propo
sals to reducegun violence. But Congress is only going to act on them if they hear from you
“Some back in Washington are already floating the idea that they might use political
stunts to prevent votes on any of these reforms. Think about that.
They’re not justsaying they’ll vote “no” on ideas that almost all Americans support.
They’re sayingthey won’t allow any votes on them at all.
They’re saying your opinion doesn’t
And that’s not right.
I’ve also heard some in
the press suggest that what happens to gun violence legislationin Congress this week will be a political victory or defeat for me. You know what? This
isn’t about me.
And it shouldn’t be about politics.
This is about doing the right thingfor families like yours that have been torn apart by gun violence, and families goingforward.When I said in my State of the Union Address that these proposals deserve a vote
thatthe families of Newtown, and Aurora, and Tucson, and their former colleague in thatchamber, Gabby Giffords, all deserve a vote
virtually every member in that chamberstood up and applauded.
Now they’re going to deny those families –
vote when the cameras are off and they think no one’s looking?
You deservebetter. You deserve a vote.
Look, we knew from the beginning of this debate that change wouldn’t be easy.
Weknew there are powerful interests that are very good at changing the subject, at