President Obama will observe a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. today at the White House, marking one week since a lone gunman opened fire in a Connecticut elementary school, killing 20 first graders before turning a gun on himself.
And he pledged in a video that he’d do everything in his power as president to address safety, mental health issues and the culture of violence that may have contributed to the tragedy.
“If there’s even one thing we can do as a country to protect our children, we have a responsibility to try,” the president said.
The video was a response to the “We The People” petitions that have been submitted to the White House in the wake of the Newtown tragedy. In it, Obama urges viewers to call Congress “as many times as it takes” to push for gun restrictions. Obama earlier this week called on Congress to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips as he announced that Vice President Joe Biden would lead an effort to develop “concrete proposals” to stem gun violence. He wants answers by January.