In what was one of the most powerful speeches of his administration, following a recent mass shooting at a school in Oregon, the US President Barack Obama said:
“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. Somehow this has become routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine. The conversation in the aftermath even ends up being routine. We become numb to this. Our thoughts and prayers are not enough.
“There is a gun for roughly every man, woman and child in America. I hope and pray that I am not going to have come out again during my tenure as President to offer my condolences in these circumstances. But, based on my tenure as President, I can’t guarantee that — and that’s terrible to say. And it can change.
“When Americans are killed in mine disasters, we work to make mines safer. When Americans are killed in foods and hurricanes, we make communities safer. When roads are unsafe, we fix them to reduce auto facilities; 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 prohibit any modest regulation of how we use a deadly weapon doesn’t make sense.”
While Obama called the US response to gun violence as routine and asked voters to demand gun control, the data compiled by the crowd-sourced site Mass Shooting Tracker reveals shocking human toll: there is a mass shooting – defined as four or more people shot in one incident – nearly every day: which proves that gun violence has claimed more lives than terrorism…
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