Obama, wiping tears, makes new push to tighten gun rules

U.S. President Obama sheds a tear while delivering statement on administration efforts to reduce gun violence at the White House in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton and Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Wiping back tears as he remembered children killed in a mass shooting, President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered stricter gun rules that he can impose without Congress and urged American voters to reject pro-gun candidates. Obama made it clear he does not expect gun laws to change during his remaining year in office, but pledged to do what he can to make gun control a theme in the months leading up to the November election to replace him. In a powerful address in the White House, surrounded by family members of people killed in shootings, Obama’s voice rose to a yell as he said the constitutional rights of Americans to bear arms needed to be balanced by the right to worship, gather peacefully and live their lives.

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