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Obama: Change Gun Laws, Thoughts & Prayers Not Enough

As I said just a few months ago, and I said
a few months before that, and I said each time we see one of these mass shootings, our
thoughts and prayers are not enough. It’s not enough. It does not capture the heartache
and grief and anger that we should feel. And it does nothing to prevent this carnage from
being inflicted someplace else in America — next week, or a couple of months from now. We don’t yet know why this individual did
what he did. And it’s fair to say that anybody who does this has a sickness in their minds,
regardless of what they think their motivations may be. But we are not the only country on
Earth that has people with mental illnesses or want to do harm to other people. We are
the only advanced country on Earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months. Earlier this year, I answered a question in
an interview by saying, “The United States of America is the one advanced nation on Earth
in which we do not have sufficient common-sense gun-safety laws — even in the face of repeated
mass killings.” And later that day, there was a mass shooting at a movie theater in
Lafayette, Louisiana. That day! Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine.
My response here at this podium ends up being routine. The conversation in the aftermath
of it. We’ve become numb to this. We talked about this after Columbine and Blacksburg,
after Tucson, after Newtown, after Aurora, after Charleston. It cannot be this easy for
somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun. And what’s become routine, of course, is
the response of those who oppose any kind of common-sense gun legislation. Right now,
I can imagine the press releases being cranked out: We need more guns, they’ll argue. Fewer
gun safety laws. Does anybody really believe that? There are
scores of responsible gun owners in this country –they know that’s not true. We know because
of the polling that says the majority of Americans understand we should be changing these laws
— including the majority of responsible, law-abiding gun owners. There is a gun for roughly every man, woman,
and child in America. So how can you, with a straight face, make the argument that more
guns will make us safer? We know that states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest
gun deaths. So the notion that gun laws don’t work, or just will make it harder for law-abiding
citizens and criminals will still get their guns is not borne out by the evidence. We know that other countries, in response
to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings.
Friends of ours, allies of ours — Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours. So we know
there are ways to prevent it. And, of course, what’s also routine is that
somebody, somewhere will comment and say, Obama politicized this issue. Well, this is
something we should politicize. It is relevant to our common life together, to the body politic.
I would ask news organizations — because I won’t put these facts forward — have news
organizations tally up the number of Americans who’ve been killed through terrorist attacks
over the last decade and the number of Americans who’ve been killed by gun violence, and
post those side-by-side on your news reports. This won’t be information coming from me;
it will be coming from you. We spend over a trillion dollars, and pass countless laws,
and devote entire agencies to preventing terrorist attacks on our soil, and rightfully so. And
yet, we have a Congress that explicitly blocks us from even collecting data on how we could
potentially reduce gun deaths. How can that be? This is a political choice that we make to
allow this to happen every few months in America. We collectively are answerable to those families
who lose their loved ones because of our inaction. When Americans are killed in mine disasters,
we work to make mines safer. When Americans are killed in floods and hurricanes, we make
communities safer. When roads are unsafe, we fix them to reduce auto fatalities. We
have seatbelt laws because we know it saves lives. So the notion that gun violence is
somehow different, that our freedom and our Constitution prohibits any modest regulation
of how we use a deadly weapon, when there are law-abiding gun owners all across the
country who could hunt and protect their families and do everything they do under such regulations
doesn’t make sense. So, tonight, as those of us who are lucky
enough to hug our kids a little closer
are thinking about the families who aren’t so fortunate, I’d ask the American people
to think about how they can get our government to change these laws, and to save lives, and
to let young people grow up. And that will require a change of politics on this issue.
And it will require that the American people, individually, whether you are a Democrat or
a Republican or an independent, when you decide to vote for somebody, are making a determination
as to whether this cause of continuing death for innocent people should be a relevant factor
in your decision. If you think this is a problem, then you should expect your elected officials
to reflect your views. And I would particularly ask America’s gun
owners — who are using those guns properly, safely, to hunt, for sport, for protecting
their families — to think about whether your views are properly being represented by the
organization that suggests it’s speaking for you. And each time this happens I’m going to bring
this up. Each time this happens I am going to say that we can actually do something about
it, but we’re going to have to change our laws. And this is not something I can do by
myself. I’ve got to have a Congress and I’ve got to have state legislatures and governors
who are willing to work with me on this. I hope and pray that I don’t have to come
out again during my tenure as President to offer my condolences to families in these
circumstances. But based on my experience as President, I can’t guarantee that. And
that’s terrible to say. And it can change. May God bless the memories of those who were
killed today. May He bring comfort to their families, and courage to the injured as they
fight their way back. And may He give us the strength to come together and find the courage
to change.

35 thoughts on “Obama: Change Gun Laws, Thoughts & Prayers Not Enough

  1. Law changes take times vote from people , how many years to wait change gun control , I think many years Make the law ,pass the law
    Than what . This things will happen more in our life , guns ever now , just say self-defense , gun gun gun talk ,vote , wait
    Losing life in this country , but not rich people , poor people

  2. What the idiot king fails to mention is that, others like him who ignore laws are sitting in high places shitting on the world. Laws aren't meant for criminals. The wolf is an investment. Wake up dim sheep.

  3. I don't understand that why something like this still remains in your country; why can't you have a strong banned law for this issue ? personal benefits ???? are they more important than human life?

  4. I find it incredibly that it's people who are not from the US are the ones who get the most mad about when things like this happen in the US. It's like the US is filled with people who are dead inside and it's us who are the ones who are showing the outrage that Americans should. There is truly a sickness in the American people.

  5. Agree, thoughts and prayers are not enough, he needs to stop being delusional about the true nature of the problem.  I know it's cliché but guns don't kill people, people with issues kill people. If he wants to touch on the real cause of the problem he should line up all the psychiatrists and psychologists with their script pads that have been poisoning these kids brains and charge them all with crimes they have committed. Modern psychotropic drugs has been and continues to be the root cause of these problems.

  6. Change the society Americans grow up in. Like, if you grow up with terrorists, you become a terrorists. The US is at the UN every month trying to sell a mass killing to the world, so what do you expect? Selling lies, apathy, collateral damage…. Always solving problems by creating more instead of going after the root cause. Your neo-con nihilist agenda. And 4chan is your own government psyop to spread sadism to children. Regime change in the US not thoughts and prayers.

  7. Stop killing unborn babies and then change any law you want Obama !!!!! I wish he would have heart ache and pain when planned parenthood kills innocent babies and then sell there body parts!!! Planned parenthood are the ones with a mental sickness!!!!

  8. To every tard (probably republican) out there saying, "I dare em to come take me guns". Have you not heard of a GRANDFATHER CLAUSE or how about the fact that no one is saying they are gonna take your guns (only right wing news outlets that spread propaganda to its unintelligent viewers). Is it that big a deal that we try to close Gun Show loopholes? Or trading/outside seller loopholes? If so than you aren't patriotic in your views towards any of this you are more likely anarchist. The Bill of Rights was written after a time of war where citizen militias fought alongside troops to win freedom from another country… We now have to most massive and over spent military in the world.. Militias are over.. You don't need an AR-15 or anything of that nature to ward of a burglar in your home. (by the way if strict gun laws were put into place those who already legally owns to be banned weapons you will more than likely be allowed to still own them that is a grandfather clause.. The U.S. Army is not going to come forcefully take your weapons from you morons our leaders may be stupid but not that stupid)

  9. It's because of sin! The nation that forgets God shall be turned into hell. If we as a nation would humble ourselves and get back to God, then God would help us and fight the battle for us. But no, we as a nation………….we would rather deny Gods statures and laws, establish our own righteousness and exalt our own selves. Therefore the devil is being turn loose on our society and we are beginning to destroy our own selves. It not a mental illness that does this, it is the spirit of the devil that is filling the hearts and minds of these individuals. Getting back to praying! Get back to God!

  10. whats a few dead kids anyway. we have our second ammendment rights!!! all of this is hoax!! its all from black commie obama!! go back to kenya with the [email protected]!! while i masturbate to sarah palin.

  11. whats a few dead kids anyway. we have our second ammendment rights!!! all of this is hoax!! its all from black commie obama!! go back to kenya with the [email protected]!! while i masturbate to sarah palin.

  12. instead of saying we should, he should say he will. This is the Era of the USA when people least use Common Sense due to the ignorant media. if we want safer towns, we need to have a gun owner psychiatric evaluation. Evaluate the amount of common sense of gun owners to see whether they are ok to use guns safely. if they have criminal backgrounds they need to be prevented from owning guns

  13. there's our puppet up there. steppin on the oath. some of the states and countries with the more gun laws HAVE the most gun deaths. what a lying piece of shit

  14. We had a crazy 21 kid going on a killing spree in a school few days ago. It happend in Trollhättan, Sweden.
    The kid killed one student and one teacher before he got shot by police officers. Weapon he used was a sword repica.
    Imagine if it was easy for him to get a gun??

  15. Hey Muttbama, France has the same gun control you want to impose on law-biding American citizens… Opppssss… how many DEAD during the Paris terrorist attacks ???

  16. Lets get one thing strait here, we have a people/violence problem that we are facing, not a gun problem. Blaming the violence problem on guns is an ignorant and reactive way to solve a violence problem. If we spend half as much time fighting for better solutions to mental illness, bullying, crumbling family structures, or depression as we do towards gun laws, we would already have found a solution. If you want to fix the violence problem start with where the violence comes from (hint it starts with the individual).

    The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED."

  17. Obama is secretly working for the NRA, anytime he even mentions the word "BAN" gun sales go through the roof, Obama is the best thing that could ever of happen for the NRA…

  18. if you dont have guns you cant defend yourself from people who do have guns and some people from syria are most of the people who are shooting us becuz they hate us! come on man, listen to some of us, think outside of the box.and you want to stop terrorist attacks?then kick all of the people from souwde and syria out these out!

  19. i think guns need to be harder. or atleast bullets be harder. there is no reason one should walk around armed. the average person does no need the power of a gun at hand. thats asking for trouble. now that said owning one and going to the rang and having it at home fine thats okay.

    also ban high powered guns civilians dont need these at all. im sorry you have no good reason to own high powered military grade weapons. or ammo.

  20. lol.. huh..state with most gunlaws has less gun deaths…huh wtf does he think we're stupid… CHICAGO… gtfoh

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