(AURN) -- President Obama was the keynote speaker at the annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's annual awards dinner. Among issues, he touched on the recent shooting at a Navy yard in Washington, DC:
"Tomorrow night I'll be meeting in mourning with families in this city who now know the same unspeakable grief of families in Newtown and Aurora and Tucson and Chicago and New Orleans and all across the country, people whose loved ones were torn from them without headlines sometimes or public outcry"
Mr. Obama continued on the topic saying the recent string of violence in both the nation's capitol in addition to Chicago needs to be addressed immediately:
"We fought a good fight earlier this year, but we came up short and that means we've got to get back up and go back at it because as long as there are those who fight to make it as easy as possible for dangerous people to get their hands on a gun, then we've got to work as hard as possible for the sake of our children. We've got to be ones who are willing to do more work to make it harder."
Read the transcript of President Obama's full speech at: WH.gov