At last a US president stands up to the gun lobby and pledges action
Obama's commitment to executive action to stop the relentless slaughter has been widely welcomed
As tears trickled down his cheeks in a rare show of sadness, Barack Obama announced a series of historic reforms in the fight to rein in gun legislation in a country where gun violence is increasingly out of control.
"People are dying," said the US president. "And the constant excuses for inaction no longer suffice."
But in an unprecedented attempt to enact gun control through executive action, will Obama be able to effect change in an area that has been treated as a 'no-go' area in American politics for the past two decades?