Released hours before a National Rifle Association response to the Newtown massacre last week, a video from the White House on Friday morning addressed petitions seeking gun control measures.
President Obama speaks in the video posted to YouTube to hundreds of thousands of people who signed "We the People" petitons urging gun control legislation:
"We hear you. You've started something, and now I'm asking you to keep at it. I'm asking for your help ... to make sure the United States of America is a safer, stronger place for our children to learn and to grow."
Earlier this week, Obama named a commission, headed by Vice President Joe Biden, to come up with plans and suggestions by January on what to do about the nation's gun violence crisis.