When responding to a question about the "fiscal cliff" and House speaker John Boehner, President Barack Obama invoked the shooting at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut.

"If this past week has done anything, it should give us some perspective," said Obama, looking at wistful.

The "fiscal cliff" debate, it seemed Obama was saying, should be gentle because of the mass shooting in Connecticut late last week.

Obama addressed the press to announce that he'd be tackling guns in America by starting a commission headed by Joe Biden. Then, Obama took a few questions -- most of which did not relate to guns.

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