The day a gunman killed 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., was the “worst day of my presidency,” President Obama said on NBC News’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, reaffirming his intention to address the issues of gun control in his second term.
“Anybody who was up in Newtown, who talked to the parents, who talked to the families understands that something fundamental in America has to change,” Obama said. “And all of us have to do some soul searching, including me as president, that we allow a situation in which 20 precious small children are getting gunned down in a classroom.”
Obama, who established a task force led by Vice President Biden to offer recommendations for how to best curb gun violence, said he would like to move something through Congress within a year.
While the task force recommendations have yet to be issued, Obama has supported and continues to support background checks and bans on assault rifles and high-capacity clips.