Our Effort Isn’t Over: The Daily Word From Barack & Michelle’s Home


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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 The President and the First Lady delivered remarks today at Healing Our City: An Interfaith Service dedicated to those who were wounded or killed in Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon.

 

 

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Our Effort Isn’t Over

 

Surrounded by Americans whose lives and families have been forever changed by gun violence, President Obama spoke from the Rose Garden about yesterday’s Senate vote to block expanded background checks for gun sales:

I believe we’re going to be able to get this done. Sooner or later, we are going to get this right. The memories of these children demand it. And so do the American people.

 

 

Watch the President’s remarks here:

 

President Obama Speaks on Common-Sense Measures to Reduce Gun Violence

 

Published on Apr 17, 2013

President Obama makes a statement from the Rose Garden following the Senate’s vote to block common-sense measures to reduce gun violence. April 17, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

Surrounded by Americans whose lives and families had been forever changed by gun violence, President Obama spoke from the Rose Garden about today’s Senate vote on expanded background checks for gun sales.

 

A few months ago, in response to too many tragedies — including the shootings of a United States Congresswoman, Gabby Giffords, who’s here today, and the murder of 20 innocent schoolchildren and their teachers –- this country took up the cause of protecting more of our people from gun violence.

Families that know unspeakable grief summoned the courage to petition their elected leaders –- not just to honor the memory of their children, but to protect the lives of all our children. And a few minutes ago, a minority in the United States Senate decided it wasn’t worth it. They blocked common-sense gun reforms even while these families looked on from the Senate gallery.

 

“A majority of senators voted “yes” to protecting more of our citizens with smarter background checks,” President Obama said. “But by this continuing distortion of Senate rules, a minority was able to block it from moving forward.”

 

The President said that the legislation showed respect for victims of gun violence and gun owners alike. “Nobody could honestly claim that this legislation infringed on our Second Amendment rights,” he said. “All it did was extend the same background check rules that already apply to guns purchased from a dealer to guns purchased at gun shows or over the Internet.”

But the fact is most of these senators could not offer any good reason why we wouldn’t want to make it harder for criminals and those with severe mental illnesses to buy a gun.  There were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn’t do this.  It came down to politics — the worry that that vocal minority of gun owners would come after them in future elections.

 

“All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington,” President Obama said. “But this effort isn’t over.  I want to make it clear to the American people that we can still bring about meaningful changes that reduce gun violence, so long as you don’t give up. “

 

He promised that his administration would keep doing everything it can to protect our kids and communities. “But we can do more if Congress gets its act together,” he said.

 

“Those who care deeply about preventing more and more gun violence will have to be as passionate, and as organized, and as vocal as those who blocked these common-sense steps to help keep our kids safe.”

 

The President said that he sees today’s vote as the end of round one.

I believe we’re going to be able to get this done. Sooner or later, we are going to get this right. The memories of these children demand it. And so do the American people.

 

Make your voice heard. Speak out if you support common-sense steps to reduce gun violence

 

 

In Case You Missed It

 

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States Step Up to Help Veterans and Spouses Get Back to Work
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White House Hangout: Vice President Biden and Mayors Discuss Reducing Gun Violence
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President Obama Hosts Wounded Warriors Taking Part in the “Soldier Ride” at the White House
Soldier Ride helps combat-wounded veterans use cycling and the bonds of service to overcome physical, mental, or emotional wounds of war.

 

 

Today’s Schedule

 

All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

 

8:00 AM: The Vice President hosts a breakfast meeting with Secretary of Defense Hagel.

 

 

8:20 AM: The President and the First Lady depart the White House en route Joint Base Andrews.

 

 

8:40 AM: The President and the First Lady depart Joint Base Andrews.

 

 

9:55 AM: The President and the First Lady arrive Boston, Massachusetts.

 

 

11:00 AM: The President and the First Lady delivers remarks atHealing Our City: An Interfaith Service dedicated to those who were gravely wounded or killed in Monday’s bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

 

 

2:55 PM: The President and the First Lady depart Boston, Massachusetts.

 

 

4:15 PM: The President and the First Lady arrive Joint Base Andrews.

 

 

4:30 PM: The President and the First Lady arrive the White House.

 

 

5:30 PM: The President hosts a reception for Greek Independence Day.

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

April 18, 2013

Statement from the President on the Explosion in West, Texas

 

Statement from the President on the Explosion in West, Texas

Today our prayers go out to the people of West, Texas in the aftermath of last night’s deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant.   A tight-knit community has been shaken, and good, hard-working people have lost their lives.  I want to thank the first responders who worked tirelessly through the night to contain the situation and treat the wounded.  My Administration, through FEMA and other agencies, is in close contact with our state and local partners on the ground to make sure there are no unmet needs as search and rescue and response operations continue.  West is a town that many Texans hold near and dear to their hearts, and as residents continue to respond to this tragedy, they will have the support of the American people.

 

 

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