“They Deserve a Vote”

In the most emotional moment of the State of the Union, President Obama proclaimed that the families of the victims of gun violence "deserve a vote" in Congress on a gun control bill.

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As the camera panned over the families of the victims of gun violence in Newtown, Tuscon, and Chicago, President Obama proclaimed, “they deserve a vote” in Congress.

Here is the transcript:

Of course, what I’ve said tonight matters little if we don’t come together to protect our most precious resource – our children.

It has been two months since Newtown. I know this is not the first time this country has debated how to reduce gun violence. But this time is different. Overwhelming majorities of Americans – Americans who believe in the 2nd Amendment – have come together around commonsense reform – like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun. Senators of both parties are working together on tough new laws to prevent anyone from buying guns for resale to criminals. Police chiefs are asking our help to get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets, because they are tired of being outgunned.

Each of these proposals deserves a vote in Congress. If you want to vote no, that’s your choice. But these proposals deserve a vote. Because in the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun.

One of those we lost was a young girl named Hadiya Pendleton. She was 15 years old. She loved Fig Newtons and lip gloss. She was a majorette. She was so good to her friends, they all thought they were her best friend. Just three weeks ago, she was here, in Washington, with her classmates, performing for her country at my inauguration. And a week later, she was shot and killed in a Chicago park after school, just a mile away from my house.

Hadiya’s parents, Nate and Cleo, are in this chamber tonight, along with more than two dozen Americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. They deserve a vote.

Gabby Giffords deserves a vote.

The families of Newtown deserve a vote.

The families of Aurora deserve a vote.

The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence – they deserve a simple vote.

Our actions will not prevent every senseless act of violence in this country. Indeed, no laws, no initiatives, no administrative acts will perfectly solve all the challenges I’ve outlined tonight. But we were never sent here to be perfect. We were sent here to make what difference we can, to secure this nation, expand opportunity, and uphold our ideals through the hard, often frustrating, but absolutely necessary work of self-government.

We were sent here to look out for our fellow Americans the same way they look out for one another, every single day, usually without fanfare, all across this country. We should follow their example.

11 comments
HenryMassingale
HenryMassingale

I did watch this on CNN, and yes President Obama has got them jumping up and down. These Children they do,

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I share like this because we have a need to know if you truly care, why has there not been a format for,

Drug Testing To Buy A Gun, seeing how Adam Lanza's toxicology report is being seen as a Washington D.C. Conspiracy cover up, as Officials jump up and down on the grave of these children just for Gun Control....

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Drugs and Guns is a deadly weapon, and the death of these children has marked our own officials for lack of in-site and the lack of respect of Constitutional Laws.

sin., Henry Massingale 

DCass11717
DCass11717

@TIME "They" deserve to be protected by armed guards from lunatics & criminals who don't abide by more laws. #SOTU http://t.co/8qCBMuQa

johnwiz2
johnwiz2

@TIME Felt like Baptist tent revival.

bibleverse1
bibleverse1

There are some places that should outlaw all types of guns.