President Obama addressed the issue of gun violence during Tuesday night's State of the Union addresss, emphasizing the need for Congress to vote on gun control legislation, and referring to the victims and family members of victims of gun violence seated in the chamber.

"I know this is not the first time this country has debated how to reduce gun violence. But this time is different. Overwhelming majorities of Americans – Americans who believe in the 2nd Amendment – have come together around commonsense reform – like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun," he said.

"Senators of both parties are working together on tough new laws to prevent anyone from buying guns for resale to criminals. Police chiefs are asking our help to get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets, because they are tired of being outgunned."

"Each of these proposals deserves a vote in Congress. If you want to vote 'no,' that’s your choice. But these proposals deserve a vote. Because in the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun."