12/18/2012 04:31 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Tavis Smiley Calls Out 'Milquetoast Democrats' On Gun Control (VIDEO)

The Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre has vaulted gun violence to the forefront of political discussion, but it still remains unclear whether new gun control legislation will be passed as a result. PBS broadcaster and talk show host Tavis Smiley made an impassioned plea for sensible gun control measures in his blog post "Blood On Our Hands," and on Tuesday spoke with HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill about his stance.

President Barack Obama "needs to step up and lead this nation in a conversation and toward action," said Smiley, noting that it was not just "spineless Republicans" that have prevented gun control measures from being passed, but also "milquetoast Democrats" unwilling to take a strong stand against the gun lobby.

He included the president among those who haven't done enough: "He said all the right things, but he's done that before. With all due respect to this president, the Brady Campaign gave him an F in his first term on the issue of guns."

Watch the Full Interview With Tavis Smiley on HuffPost Live.