President Barack Obama returned to his hometown today to address the gun violence that has plagued his hometown, suggesting that tougher gun laws, community involvement and improving urban economic conditions can help.

The murders in Chicago last year are "the equivalent of a Newtown every four months. Americans are  asking for common sense proposals to make it harder for Americans to get their hands on a gun,” Obama said before an audience at Hyde Park Academy on the South Side.

The president pointed out that gun control won't stop every crime. Government can’t solve every problem, the community has to be involved, he said.

"A child opens fire on another child, there is a hole in that child heart that government can't fill, only community, parents, teachers and clergy and fill that. In too many neighborhoods ...the future only extends to the next street corner or the outstretches of town," Obama said.