U.S. President Barack Obama sheds a tear while delivering a statement on steps the administration is taking to reduce gun violence in the East Room of the White House in Washington January 5, 2016. Reuters/Carlos Barria

US President Barack Obama allowed emotions to run high while presenting his plans for gun control on Tuesday, when he said the “American system” allowed dangerous people “to play by a different set of rules.”

Although he insisted there was no plan to take guns away from everyone, the US president had tears rolling down his face when he said he would take action against the bloodshed, regardless of whether Congress backed him or not.

In the White House East Room filled with a number of relatives of victims of mass shootings, Obama said there was a “lot of heartache” in the room itself. Even though there was a lot of strength and resilience, he said there was a lot of pain.

Obama became teary while talking about the 20 children killed in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in 2012. He asked Congress to “be brave enough to stand up to the gun lobby's lies.”

"The gun lobby may be holding Congress hostage right now, but they can't hold America hostage," Obama said.

Although many have stood up in support for the reforms, #ObamaCriesAbout later trended on Twitter when a lot of people started ridiculing the US president for his tears. Patriot2U ( ‏ @JamesRitch1) shared a picture of a crying baby with the caption: “Time to whine like a little baby. He’s good at that.”

“Anyone who is even remotely human is sad with every unfortunate gun tragedy but fake tears is a new low, Obama,” wrote Patrick Bowers ( ‏ @pbowwow). “Finding out every time he speaks, gun sales go up,” wrote Texas Guy ( ‏ @Collinsdw).

Federal data shows more guns were sold in December than almost any other month in nearly two decades in the United States. The rise in gun sales took place after the US president vowed to make it harder for people to buy assault weapons.

Concerns for gun-buying restrictions are the main reason behind the rise in gun sales, according to an analysis of federal background check data by The New York Times.


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