Mass shootings have become a familiar part of the news cycle in the US, where Congress has repeatedly refused to pass stricter gun control laws.
On Tuesday, Barack Obama gave an address explaining what his new executive actions on gun control will entail before he leaves office.
Surrounded by gun-control advocates including the families of those killed by gun violence, he spoke movingly about the victims of recent high profile shootings. Talking about the 20 children who died in 2012 at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut, tears began to run down the president's cheeks:
Our unalienable right to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness — those rights were stripped from college kids in Blacksburg and Santa Barbara. And from high schoolers at Columbine. And from first graders in Newtown. First graders. And from every family who never imagined that their loved one would be taken by a bullet from a gun.
Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad. And by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day.
The gun lobby and many trigger-happy Americans are not pleased about Obama's proposed crackdown on licensing loopholes and background checks.
So much so, some right-wingers are convinced that Obama was crying for effect, or had used some kind of aide to provoke tears, rather than because he was genuinely sad and frustrated at the murders of children.
Fox News contributor Andrea Tantaros said that she would:
...Check that podium for like a raw onion or some no-more-tears. I mean, it’s not really believable.