Obama: U.S. “Only Developed Country On Earth” With Mass Shootings (VIDEO)
Tuesday saw yet another in a long string of deadly shootings across America, the latest at a Troutdale, Oregon high school where 14-year old Emilio Hoffman – a freshman – was shot to death before the gunman turned the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide.
President Obama, at an appearance at the University Of California Santa Barbara, itself the scene of a mass shooting just two weeks ago, made an impassioned plea and challenged the nation to do some “soul searching,” in the wake of the gun violence that is sweeping the nation.
In May, 22 year-old Elliot Rodger left a chilling video before a rampage at U.C.S.B. that killed 6 and prompted Richard Martinez, the father of one of the victims, to launch a personal crusade to halt gun violence. Martinez blasted “craven politicians” and “the NRA” for his son’s needless death, saying;
“Why did (his son) Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. They talk about gun rights. What about Chris’s right to live? When will this insanity stop? When will enough people say, ‘Stop this madness?” We don’t have to live like this! Too many have died! We should say to ourselves, ‘Not one more!’”
At the U.C.S.B. appearance, Obama blasted the nation as a whole for not holding their elected officials accountable for the lack of the ability to enact sensible gun laws that might help stem the tide, saying;
“My biggest frustration so far is the fact that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do unbelievable damage. We’re the only developed country on Earth where this happens . And now it happens now once a week – and it;s a one-day story. There’s no place else like this…”
Speaking further, he added;
“The country has to do some soul-searching about this. This is becoming the norm. And we take it for granted in ways that, as a parent, are terrifying… But right now, it’s not even possible to get even the mildest restrictions through Congress and we should be ashamed of that.”
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