Obama Invokes Binghamton Massacre During Speech
President Obama cited the 2009 mass shooting in Binghamton during his emotional call for more action to address gun violence.
Speaking at the White House Tuesday, the president noted he had spoken to the nation following a series of gun-related incidents which resulted in many deaths.
President Obama speaking on gun violence at the White House on January 5, 2016. [whitehouse.gov][/caption]Obama cited several places where deadly shootings had occurred: "Fort Hood, Binghamton, Aurora, Oak Creek, Newtown, the Navy Yard, Santa Barbara, Charleston, San Bernardino."
Thirteen people were killed at the American Civic Association building on Front Street in Binghamton on April 3, 2009. The shooter then killed himself.
The president is calling for a series of measures he said are designed to help reduce gun violence in the United States.
Obama said that every year, "more than 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by guns."
A teary president expressed sadness and anger as he outlined his plan to move forward with new actions, including more background checks for gun buyers.
Gun rights advocates and several Republican presidential candidates say they will fight Obama's initiatives.
WATCH President Obama's address on gun violence. His reference to the Binghamton mass shooting is at the 44:00 mark.