The President remarked on the gun-shooting tragedy in Oregon. They had more to do with making new strong gun laws than about the tragedy of the victims. Likewise, he was not shy about saying that this “should be politicized.” He said that this is becoming “routine.” He suggested that voters should weigh “this cause of continuing death” when considering who to elect next time. He said, “We collectively are answerable to those families.”

1. Tragedy used as political ammunition

2. Obama blames us

“This is a political choice that we make, to allow this to happen every few months in America,” Obama said. “We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction.”

 

3. The gun-control president

via The Hill President Obama on Thursday made an impassioned case that gun violence is “something we should politicize” following a mass shooting at a community college in Oregon.

A visibly angry Obama blasted Congress for being unwilling to change the nation’s gun laws in response to a wave of mass shootings that have cast a cloud over his presidency.

“Somehow this has become routine,” Obama said. “The reporting is routine, my response here at this podium ends up being routine. And what becomes routine is the response from those who oppose any sort of gun control legislation.”

The president chastised gun-rights groups, such as the National Rifle Association (NRA), which helped stymie his previous effort to enact stronger federal gun laws following the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The proposed changes included expanded background checks and bans on assault weapons

With just 15 months left in office, the prospects for any of Obama’s preferred gun policies being enacted are slim. Republicans control both chambers of Congress and are united in the view that stronger gun laws are not needed, citing Second Amendment rights.

As he has several times before, Obama called the failure to pass gun-control legislation the biggest frustration of his presidency. via The Hill

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