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President Obama spoke from the White House this morning to outline his new executive actions on gun control. 

At the centerpiece of Obama's plan is a more sweeping definition of gun dealers that the administration hopes will expand the number of gun sales subject to background checks.

At gun shows, websites and flea markets, sellers often skirt that requirement by declining to register as licensed dealers, but officials said new federal guidance would clarify that it applies to anyone "in the business" of selling firearms, FoxNews.com reported.

Obama said that his critics consistently try to "twist his words around" when it comes to his agenda on gun control and that he believes in the Second Amendment. 

"I taught constitutional law. I know a little about this. I get it," he remarked

Obama reiterated that "this is not a plot to take away everybody's guns" and that steps can be taken to reduce gun violence while still guaranteeing law-abiding Americans the right to bear arms.

He pointed out that the United States is "the only advanced country ... that sees this kind of mass violence erupt with this kind of frequency."

Obama said the gun lobby "may be holding Congress hostage right now, but they cannot hold America hostage."

"We do not have to accept this carnage as the price of freedom," he said to a huge round of applause.

He later called for enhanced gun safety technology, saying that in 2013 more than 500 people lost their lives in gun accidents, including 30 children younger than 5.

Obama was moved to tears soon after when he mentioned the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. 

“Every time I think about those kids it gets me mad," he said after becoming visibly choked up.

Watch a portion of the remarks above. Full video to follow.


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