President Obama is responding to a widespread outcry over gun violence with a new video, calling on the public to help him usher in new regulations in the wake of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.
“We hear you,” Obama says in the 2-minute, 49-second video posted on the White House’s YouTube channel. “You’ve started something, and now I’m asking you to keep at it. I’m asking for your help … to make sure the United States of America is a safer, stronger place for our children to learn and to grow.”
Administration aides said video is a direct response to several petitions on the White House’s Web site signed by a total of more than 400,000 that demand the president take action on gun control. One of the petitions has been signed by more than 196,000 people, making it the second-most popular petition in the 16 months the administration has been soliciting them under its “We the People” program.
In the video, Obama reiterates pledges he made earlier this week during a White House news conference, calling for a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, as well as stricter regulations to prevent criminals from…