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’ll issue a video response to the “We The People” petitions that have been submitted to the White House in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, urging viewers to call Congress “as many times as it takes” to push for gun restrictions. He 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.
“If we’re going to succeed it’s going to take a sustained effort,” Obama says in the video. “You started something and now I’m asking you to keep at it.”