WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama attempted on Thursday to inject fresh momentum into efforts to pass gun-control legislation, pleading with US lawmakers not to forget those shot to death in Newtown, Connecticut three months ago.
Amid signs that he may have to accept a scaled-down version of gun legislation, Obama sounded a note of frustration in calling upon Americans to demand action from the US Congress in the weeks ahead.
He said the legislation's opponents, the powerful US gun lobby led by the National Rifle Association, are "doing everything they can" to derail the effort barely 100 days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, in which a gunman killed 20 children, six staff members and then himself.
"The entire country pledged we would do something about it and that this time would be different. Shame on us if we've forgotten. I haven't forgotten those kids. Shame on us if we've forgotten," said Obama, appearing at the White House with mothers of children who had been shot to death.