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Pres. Obama wipes away tears as he talks about CT school shooting victims
President Barack Obama on Wednesday addressed the nation regarding the heated debate over gun policy in the United States.
 
Obama also announced that Vice President Joe Biden would lead an inter-agency process to develop policy in the wake of the Connecticut elementary school massacre.
 
Follow along in our live blog, below:
 
Lindsay Buckingham December 19, 201212:38 pm

Press conference concludes.

Lindsay Buckingham December 19, 201212:37 pm

Obama: I’ve been dealing with economic crisis, auto industry on verge of collapse, two wars … I haven’t been on vacation. This is a wake up call for all of us.

Lindsay Buckingham December 19, 201212:36 pm

Reporter: You didn’t talk about gun policy in 2008. Where have you been?

Lindsay Buckingham December 19, 201212:36 pm

Obama: We need a thoughtful approach that says we can preserve 2nd Amendment, responsible gun owners can carry out their activity, but we’re going to be serious about safety issues.

Lindsay Buckingham December 19, 201212:35 pm

Obama: Any single gun law can’t solve these issues. We have to look at a lot of things.

Lindsay Buckingham December 19, 201212:34 pm

Obama: NRA is an organization that had members who are mothers and fathers. Hopefully, they’ll do some self-reflection.

Lindsay Buckingham December 19, 201212:33 pm

Obama: Joe (Biden) will sift through every good idea out there, come up with concrete set of expectations within a month.

Lindsay Buckingham December 19, 201212:32 pm

Obama: Gun agency not a commission.

Lindsay Buckingham December 19, 201212:19 pm

Reporter to Obama: What is your next move? Obama: I’ll reach out to speaker and find out what the hold up is.

Lindsay Buckingham December 19, 201212:17 pm

Obama still speaking on fiscal cliff, taxes and debt reduction.

Lindsay Buckingham December 19, 201212:13 pm

Obama on fiscal cliff: “I have gone at least halfway in meeting some of the Republicans’ concerns”

Lindsay Buckingham December 19, 201212:08 pm

Obama: This requires help of American people.

Lindsay Buckingham December 19, 201212:08 pm

Obama: We can’t prevent all acts of violence, but we have to try.

Lindsay Buckingham December 19, 201212:08 pm

Obama: We can’t accept these acts of violence as routine.

Lindsay Buckingham December 19, 201212:08 pm

Obama cites several examples of gun violence across the country.

Lindsay Buckingham December 19, 201212:07 pm

Obama: Look, like the majority of Americans, 2nd amendment gives right to bear arms. Vast majority of gun owners are responsible, but, you know what? I’m also betting a majority of owners think policy is necessary to prevent irresponsible owners.

Lindsay Buckingham December 19, 201212:04 pm

Obama announces Biden as leader of agency to develop gun policy.

Lindsay Buckingham December 19, 201212:03 pm

Obama: There’s no law, or set of laws that can prevent every act of violence.

Lindsay Buckingham December 19, 201212:02 pm

Obama: We need to reduce epidemic of gun violence in this country.

Lindsay Buckingham December 19, 201212:02 pm

Obama on Connecticut: We may never know why this tragedy happened.