Real presidents don't cry. But this one did, and with good reason.
On January 5, while announcing in the East Room of the White House the executive actions he was taking on gun safety, President Obama ticked off the examples of gun violence this nation has suffered in the last few years. When he got to Sandy Hook, he suddenly stopped mid-sentence and paused to take a breath, while tears flowed down his cheeks.
The memory of those 20 first-graders, mowed down in their classroom, is enough to make anyone weep. That, and the cowardly refusal of Congress to act -- even after mass murders at Sandy Hook, Aurora, Charleston, Roseburg, Virginia Tech, San Bernardino, and countless daily victims of gun violence. Finally -- finally, what took him so long? -- Obama gave up on Congress and decided to do whatever he could under his own executive authority to keep guns out of the hands of those who have no business having them.