This reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine, the conversation in the aftermath of it… “This is not something I can do by myself”.
But they made clear that after taking time to help victims and their families and other members of the close-knit community who are affected by the shooting, they want to have a conversation about preventing the next rampage.
But the president did not politicize the shooting in Virginia when it was a black, gay man who killed the reporters. Meanwhile Matthew C Shlonsky, a 23 year-old graduate of American University, was killed by gunfire getting out of a cab in DC.
“The state of Oregon and Douglas County (home to Roseburg) is a very high gun-concentrated area”, said Dave, the store boss, an imposing figure who declined to give his family name.
Why? The suspects and shooters are predominately black males.
At a nearby table, Stephanie Longtin said stiffer gun control might not make much of a difference.
Other predominately black cities across America (like Baltimore) have also experienced a huge rise in gun violence.
In Connecticut, there was Newtown, despite strict gun control laws, and just 4.4 gun deaths per 100,000 people, among the lowest in the nation.
A big concern Smith has is people using these types of incidents for political gain.
Obama said Thursday evening that the nation had grown numb to mass shootings and that lawmakers bore responsibility for refusing to pass new restrictions on the sale of firearms. Not only did he disagree with the Obama administration’s push, but he vowed that – as sheriff – he would not enforce any gun control laws or executive orders on the subject. “Friends of ours, allies of ours — Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours”. “Right now, I can imagine the press releases being cranked out”. I can guarantee you the vast majority of them will have a D- a capital D next to their name if they are on the ballot. Our attention span for a mass shooting lasts a month at most, rarely more. “As a country, we can not just shrug our shoulders and move on”. “What makes you think one more is going to solve the problem?” Limbaugh asked on his Friday show, one day after the shooting. Americans, understandably, are determined to protect themselves in their homes, schools and other places from those who shouldn’t have guns. Elizabeth Warren said there’s a need for national action on gun safety, echoing President Obama’s comments Thursday evening.
Since 2013, amid Washington’s inaction, several states led by Democrats passed more restrictive gun control laws.
“We don’t even know how the individual obtained the gun and besides that, Oregon since the beginning of August has had this type of law that everybody’s pushing, so it doesn’t seem like it stopped it in Oregon’s case”.