Zaevion Dobson

More than a hundred people gathered at a vigil in Knoxville to honor 12-year-old Jajuan Latham. He was fatally shot in a suspected gang shooting. Jajuan is a cousin of 15-year-old Zaevion Dobson, who died shielding three girls from gunfire.

“An act of heroism a lot bigger than we should expect from any 15-year-old,” Obama said of the teenager.

Stories about gun violence within our country are becoming all too common. President Obama is utilizing the incidents as an avenue to open up the conversation about the need for stricter gun control laws.