LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas state and federal lawmakers said the sentiment is good, but they criticized the president's proposed policies surrounding gun control.
Republican Congressman Tim Griffin said many Arkansans cherish the second amendment and to move forward with these proposals will jeopardize those rights. Griffin said the president's ideas are dated and the country needs new solutions.
"If there is even one life that can be saved then we've got an obligation to try," said President Obama.
The president brought the nation his ideas to curb gun violence, but Arkansas Congressman Tim Griffin sharply questioned whether these steps will help the issue.
"I haven't seen any proposal yet, particularly as it relates to gun control, that would have stopped any of the recent tragedies," said Griffin.
The president and Vice President Joe Biden urged Americans to let their voices be heard, saying action needs to happen now.