The president was speaking to explain a set of new executive orders he will issue to try to prevent mass shootings and other gun violence. Obama was introduced by Mark Barden, the father of Daniel Barden, one of the first graders killed in the Newtown shooting.
You can watch video of Obama’s full speech above. You can read the full transcript here.
“Until we have a Congress that’s in line with the majority of Americans, there are actions within my legal authority that we can take to help reduce gun violence and save more lives -– actions that protect our rights and our kids,” Obama said.