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U.S. President Barack Obama delivered an emotional plea to Congress on Thursday (March 28) to pass his gun-control agenda, which includes universal background checks for gun-buyers.
Obama spoke from the East Room of the White House while surrounded by gun-control activists and the mothers of shooting victims. He urged Americans not to forget the horrific elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut three months ago, saying that something must be done to prevent future tragedies.
"If there is a step we can take that will save just one child, just one parent, just another town from experiencing the same grief that some of the moms and dads who are here have endured, then we should be doing it. We have an obligation to try," Obama said.
Obama also took aim at certain lawmakers on Capitol Hill, reminding them that 90 percent of the American public, as well as 80 percent of Republicans, support background checks for gun-buyers,