President Obama has set off on a three day trip around the USA to try and win support for the plans he announced during his State of the Union speech. Among them, his emotional call to limit arms, in response to the recent atrocities across the country.
Police units in cities all over the US struggle to cope with the number of deadly weapons on their streets. In Philadelphia, officers rely on specialist swat teams to support units who regularly get 'out gunned' working in the inner city.
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 common sense 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.
Now is our best chance for bipartisan, comprehensive tax reform that encourages job creation and helps bring down the deficit.
The American people deserve a tax code that helps small businesses spend less time filling out complicated forms, and more time expanding and hiring; a tax code that ensures billionaires with high-powered accountants can’t pay a lower rate than their hard-working secretaries; a tax code that lowers incentives to move jobs overseas, and lowers tax rates for businesses and manufacturers that create jobs right here in America.