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NEWS: Tearful Obama Quotes Jesus as He Enhances Gun Control, Remembers Victims

U.S. President Barack Obama wipes away tears while talking about Newtown
and other mass shooting during an event held to announce new gun
control measures, at the White House in Washington January 5, 2016. The
White House unveiled gun control measures on Monday that require more
gun sellers to get licenses and more gun buyers to undergo background
checks, moves President Obama said were well within his authority to
implement without congressional approval.
A tearful President Barack Obama cited a
quote from Jesus Christ in the Bible as he pushed tighter gun control
legistlation in America, reflecting on the many shooting tragedies the
country has suffered during his years at the White House.
In his emotional speech before
the nation on Tuesday, Obama recalled massacres such as the 2012 Sandy
Hook Elementary School tragedy where 20 first-graders were killed, as
well as more recent incidents, such as the December death of a
15-year-old high school student who sacrificed his life to save three
girls from gunfire.
Zaevion Dobson, a sophomore football
player at Fulton High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, died the week
before Christmas after he went to a friend’s house, diving on top of
three girls to shield them from bullets fired by suspected gang members.
gave his life to save theirs, an act of heroism a lot bigger than
anything we should ever expect from a 15-year-old. ‘Greater love hath no
man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends,'” Obama
said, quoting Christ’s words as found in John 15:13.
“We are not
asked to do what Zaevion Dobson did. We’re not asked to have shoulders
that big, a heart that strong, reactions that quick. I’m not asking
people to have that same level of courage or sacrifice or love. But if
we love our kids and care about their prospects and if we love this
country and care about its future, then we can find the courage to
vote,” Obama continued in his remembrance of the young man.
“We can find the courage to get
mobilized and organized. We can find the courage to cut through all the
noise and do what a sensible country would do. That’s what we’re doing
today, and tomorrow we should to more, and we should do more the day
after that, and if we do we’ll leave behind a nation that is stronger
than the one we inherited and that is worthy of the sacrifice of a young
man like Zaevion,” he said.
The Associated Press noted
that Obama used his presidential powers to tighten sales of firearms
across the country, and laid out plans to expand background checks on
perspective gun buyers.
Obama’s attempts in previous years to pass
similar legislation has failed at Congress, and his move was again
heavily criticized by Republican opposition.
House of
Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan claimed that Obama’s executive orders
“undermined liberty,” promising that they will be challenged in court, BBC News noted.
“Rather than focus on criminals and terrorists, he goes after the most law-abiding of citizens,” Ryan said.
“His words and actions amount to a form of intimidation that undermines liberty.”
presidential candidates, including Donald Trump, Sentaor Ted Cruz and
former Florida governor Jeb Bush all suggested that they would repeal
Obama’s executive actions.

Retired neurosurgeon and fellow candidate Ben Carson echoed those thoughts, and said in a statement on Tuesday:
executive order President Obama signs that regulates firearms
transactions will merely regulate the behavior of law abiding citizens,”
Carson said.
“Criminals who commit crimes with guns will continue
to operate outside of the law. These actions have everything to do with
advancing the President’s political agenda and little to do with
actually protecting American citizens.”



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