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President Obama Says Gun Violence Killing Too Many Children

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President Obama traveled to Chicago Friday to rally support for his State of the Union proposals including tighter gun control laws.

"This is not just a gun issue, it's also an issue of the kinds of communities we are building and for that we all share responsibility as citizens to fix it."

Obama says gun violence is taking too many children's lives, not just in mass shootings like the one in Newtown that killed 20 kids. He says 65 children were killed by guns in Chicago last year.

But he said guns are not solely to blame for the violence. He also pointed to communities with too few fathers involved in children's lives and too few examples of success. He says he wishes he had a father around growing up.

Before going to Chicago, the president honored the six adults killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting by presenting their relatives with the second highest civilian honor -- the Presidential Citizens Medal.

In response to the Newtown tragedy, the National Rifle Association has proposed adding armed guard at schools nationwide.

The group has also voiced its opposition of the president's proposals that include a ban on assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines and universal background checks.

"Nothing he proposed has anything to do with protecting any child in any school in this country," says Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Associaiton.

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