Gun Violence

  • President Barack Obama, speaking on the tragedy of Mass Shootings over 6 years in America, as he delivered his 15th statement on gun violence.  "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."  

    November 2009, Ford Hood, Texas.  "There has been a tragic shooting at the Fort Hood Army Base in Texas.  It is difficult enough when we lose these brave Americans in battles overseas.  It is horrifying that they should come under fire at an army base on American soil."

    January 2011, Tucson, Arizona.  "This is a tragedy for Arizona, and a tragedy for our entire country."

    July 2012, Aurora, Colorado.  "Such violence, such evil, is senseless; and if there is anything that can be taken away from this tragedy is the reminder that life is very fragile. Our time her is limited, and it is precious."

    June 2015, Charleston, S.C.  "I have had to make statements like this too many times.  Communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times.  At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of violence does to happen in other advanced countries.  It doesn't happen in other places with this kind of frequency." 

    August 2012, Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
      "We mourn those who were senselessly murdered and injured in their place of worship.  While we may never understand what motivates such hatred, such violence, the perpetrators of such despicable actions must know that your twisted thinking is no match for the compassion and the goodness and the strength of our united American family." 

    December 2012, Newtown, Connecticut. 
    "We have endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. Each time I learn the news, I react not as a President, but as anybody else would, as a parent, and that was especially true today.  I know there is not a parent in America who does not feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.  The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old." 

    September 2013, Washington, D.C.  "We are confronting yet another mass shooting, and today it happened on a military installation in our nation's Capitol."

    April 2014, Fort Hood, Texas.  "Any shooting is troubling.  Obviously, ths opens the pain of what happened at Fort Hood 5 years ago.  We are heartbroken that something like this might have happened again."

    June 2015, Charleston, S.C.  " I have had to make statements like this - too many times.  Communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this - too many times.  At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.  It doesn't happen in other places with this kind of frequency." 

    October 2015, Roseburg, Oregon. 
    "There has been another mass shooting in America.  This time in a community college in Oregon.  That means there are more American families, moms, dads, children, whose lives have been changed forever....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 is 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.  But we are not the only country on earth that has people with mental illness who want to do harm to other people.  We are the only advanced country on earth that sees these mass shootings every few months. 

    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 have become numb to this.  It cannot be this easy for someone who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun.  And, what has become routine, of course, is the response of those who oppose any kind of common sense gun legislation." 

    (Addressing the nation from the White House after at least 10 people were killed by a 26-year old gunman at Umpqua Community College in Oregon; CNN News and The Associated Press, October 1, 2015; "Over 6 years, as he has had to address numerous mass shootings, President Obama's statements have grown angrier and more beleaguered," by Caitlin Prentke, June 26, 2015)
  • Regarding "Gun Control," consider a statement from Virtual State of the Union.  The Virtual President talks about why politicians want to talk about gun control rather than crime control, and delivers the factual evidence and historical truths that make the case for the Second Amendment self-evident.  Published on February 21, 2013   For the latest from The Virtual President go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_T-F_zfoDqI

Statistics
  • "There is a gun for roughly every man, woman and child in America."  (President Barack Obama, CNN, October 1, 2015)