WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is vowing to use "whatever power this office holds" to safeguard the nation's children, but KGO's Beth Houston reports advocates of gun reform aren't holding their breath.
Tireless gun control advocate Tim Heyne who lost his wife and best friend in a 2005 mass shooting, is hopeful national ire will lead to change but says the National Rifle Association has paralyzed dialogue about responsible changes to firearm policy with their funding and influence.
Friday's shooting, which left 20 children and eight adults dead, appears to have spurred some soul-searching by Obama. He told Connecticut's governor that Friday was the most difficult day of his presidency.
Obama says he has been reflecting on whether the country is doing enough to give its children "the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness."
What did Tim think of Obama's speech?
"I think that he was very sincere. But he was very sincere the last time there was a mass shooting as well, and nothing ever came of it."