He already has hasn’t he?
Around 6:20 p.m., President Obama gave remarks to the press on today’s horrific shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. He said there are more American families “whose lives have been changed forever,” and another community stunned with grief. He then went on to say that he’s been to Roseburg, where there are “really good people there.” He went on to thank the first responders, and that in the coming days, we’ll learn about the victims and their dreams they had for their respective futures.
A visibly angry and frustrated president declared, “our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It’s not enough.” It does not capture the heartache or the anger we fell over these senseless acts of violence. And it does not prevent this carnage from happening in the future. The president added that we don’t know the motive of the shooter, but it’s fair to say that they have a “sickness in their minds.”
Yet, he cited that we’re not the only country with mental illness, but we are the only developed nation in the world where we have a mass shooting every few months.
“We’ve become numb to this,” Obama said.
He railed against what he feels are lax gun laws, saying that it cannot be this easy for someone who wants to inflict harm on other people to obtain firearms. The president also said that while we have become numb to these events, the reactions could also be anticipated. He challenged the logic of pro-Second Amendment groups by asking them if they truly believe that more guns makes us safer, adding that the press releases from these groups are already being distributed as he speaks.
The president did acknowledge that there are scores of responsible gun owners in this country who don’t believe that’s true. Polling shows that Americans, including gun owners; want to change the gun laws. Obama also said that states with the most gun laws have the fewer gun deaths.
He went on to say that we know nations that have had one mass shooting, and ended up crafting laws that have eliminated such horrific events; Obama used the United Kingdom and Australia as examples, calling them “countries like ours.”