In a highly emotional, tearful speech Tuesday in the East Room of the White House, President Barack Obama outlined portions of his plan to tighten gun control in the nation. Surrounded by family members of victims of gun violence, Obama said, “The gun lobby may be holding Congress hostage right now, but they cannot hold America hostage. We do not need to accept this carnage as the price of freedom.”

Toward the middle of his speech, the president began to wipe away tears as he recalled the massacre three years ago in Newtown, Conn., at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 children and six adults were killed.

“Every time I think about those kids, it makes me mad,” he said, unable to hold back the tears. “And by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day.”

Earlier, he invoked Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., noting, “We do have to feel a sense of urgency about it [the proliferation of gun violence]. “In Dr. King’s words, we need to feel the fierce urgency of now.”

That feeling was certainly felt in the crowded room as Obama cited a portion of his plan to curb gun violence, something he has attempted to get through Congress on several occasions.

Monday, during a meeting with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the president announced parts of his plan on gun control, including forcing licensed dealers to register and strengthen background checks of purchasers. Tuesday he repeated these steps but added that those who don’t comply will face action from the Justice Department.

But even before his words on gun control were out of his mouth Monday, President Barack Obama began taking fire from Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said the president’s plans were “a dangerous level of executive overreach.”

No less obstreperous and predictable was the reaction from GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who promised that if elected he will “unsign” all of Obama’s measures to tighten gun control. “You know Obama’s going to do an executive order and really knock the hell out of it [the Second Amendment],” he told an audience in Biloxi, Miss., over the weekend. “He can’t do that … I will unsign that so fast.”

Obama announced his plans during a meeting with Lynch and FBI chief James Comey. “It is my strong belief that for us to get our complete arms around the problem, Congress needs to act,” he said. To this end, he has requested his team to “see what more we can do to strengthen our enforcement and prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands.”

Entering his final year in office, the president is renewing his aggression on a situation that continues to menace the nation. More than 13,000 people were killed as a result of gun violence last year. Without announcing the details of his executive action, though there is certain to be some steps to intensify background checks by forcing more sellers to register as dealers, Obama opined, “This is not going to solve every violent crime in this country. It’s not going to prevent every mass shooting; it’s not going to keep every gun out of the hands of a criminal. It will potentially save lives and spare families the pain of these extraordinary losses.”

This fresh attack on gun control is being launched without taking his case to Congress, which showed resistance three years ago following the massacre in Newtown, Conn. According to the latest CNN/ORC poll, 51 percent of Americans oppose more stringent control laws; 48 percent favor them. “Thirty-nine percent say Obama has gone too far in changing gun laws,” the poll disclosed. “Thirty-eight percent say he hasn’t gone far enough, and 20 percent say he has done about the right amount.”

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey told Fox News on Sunday, “The president is a petulant child. Whenever he doesn’t get what he wants … this president acts like a king.” Christie, a GOP hopeful Republican presidential candidate, said Obama is attempting an end-run around Congress.

Christie’s position is in accord with the National Rifle Association, which has called the president’s plans a “political stunt.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer hasn’t weighed in yet on the latest moves by the president, but he is certain to back the measure since he has been a strong advocate for gun control and the closing of loopholes that permit the guns to fall into the wrong hands.