It sometimes feels as though sustained conversations about gun control hinge on gun-related tragedies to act as a reminder of the issue, but one year after the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school shootings, President Obama reiterated his calls for stricter gun control.
“We haven’t yet done enough to make our communities and our country safer,” Obama said in his weekly address. “We have to do more to keep dangerous people from getting their hands on a gun so easily. We have to do more to heal troubled minds.”
On December 14, 2002, 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot twenty children and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, shocking the country and sparking fierce debates over stricter gun control laws in the country. On the one-year anniversary, Newtown officials had asked for media members to avoid coming to the town en masse for coverage and most media organizations respected the request, relying on the associated press’s wire service for coverage.