WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- A higher minimum wage and stricter gun control laws were two areas of focus in President Barack Obama's 2013 State of the Union address.
He said the people of Newtown, Aurora and Oak Creek deserve a vote on new restrictions.
The president said we should care for our neighbors, following the example of Oak Creek police lieutenant Brian Murphy.
Much of the earlier portion of the president's speech was focused on the economy.
He called on congress to pass a balanced approach of spending cuts and tax reform to cut into the national deficit.
Obama also said he wants to raise the minimum wage level to $9 an hour.
As for the war in Afghanistan, the president said 34,000 U.S. soldiers will come home over the next year.
Below is the entire transcript of the President's address: