"Each one of these Americans was a victim of the everyday gun violence that takes the lives of more than 10,000 Americans every year — violence that we cannot accept as routine," he said.
Obama has backed restrictions on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, saying he will draft proposals by the end of next month to stem violence.
Nick Germak, a former National Rifle Association member, lives in that city about two blocks from the home of Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old who used a semiautomatic rifle to gun down children at Sandy Hook for reasons that are still unknown.
"For the first time in my life, I'll support any gun movement effort," he said. "I believe the founding fathers had a purpose for us with a right to bear arms when the British were a threat. Those days are over. There are 20 little babies we aren't going to ever see grow up."
In the tiny mountain town of Marshall, N.C., Mayor Ponder agrees. Assault weapons and metal-piercing bullets should be outlawed, he said. "Nobody needs to own them," Ponder said. "Enough is enough."
On Dec. 15. at 6 a.m., police in Charlotte, N.C., were called. Raymona Abraham, 21, had been shot, according to a statement.
At 6:09, he was declared dead.