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“Somehow This Has Become Routine” – Obama on Gun Violence 10/1/15


There’s been another mass shooting in America. That means there are more American families whose lives have been changed forever. That means there’s another community
stunned with grief and parents across the country who are scared because they
know it might have been their families or their children. 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. And it does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted some place else next week or a couple of months from now. It’s fair to say that anybody who does this has a sickness in their minds. But we are not the only country on Earth that has people with mental illness 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
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 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 “We need more guns” they’ll argue. “Fewer gun safety laws.” Does anybody really believe that? 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 gun wills 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… It’s 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. Tally up the number of Americans who’ve been killed through terrorist attacks over the last decade
and the number of Americans who have been killed by gun violence. 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. So the notion 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 under such regulations… 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. 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 you

7 thoughts on ““Somehow This Has Become Routine” – Obama on Gun Violence 10/1/15

  1. Great animation! (And, just curious… can we expect a "What's its mission" animation anytime soon?)

  2. You're a moron to think this is a gun problem, it's a human problem. Gun's are inanimate objects. Unlike Obama who is very animated.

  3. Just a reminder: the American peoples' right to keep and bear arms is a natural and unalienable right. This right was not granted by government, and it can not be repealed by government. In fact, the US Bill of Rights ensures that government will not even infringe upon that right. The government HAS NO LEGAL POWER to write any laws, no matter how seemingly reasonable, that infringe upon our rights.

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