In one of his more emotional, angry displays, U.S. President Barack Obama asks what more proof is needed that the U.S. needs responsible gun control legislation?
‘We need more guns,’ they’ll argue
Obama was speaking today after 13 people were killed and and more than 20 others injured when a young man opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore.
“We have become numb to this. We talked about this after Columbine and Blacksburg, after Tucson, after Newtown, after Aurora, after Charleston. It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun.”
Obama told reporters he can already imagine the National Rifle Association and other similar groups firing up their pro-gun campaign after Thursday’s massacre.
“And what’s become routine, of course, is the response of those who oppose any kind of common sense gun legislation. Right now, I can imagine the press releases being cranked out.; ‘We need more guns!”, they’ll argue, ‘Fewer gun safety laws!’. Does anyone really believe that?”
The shooter was killed during gunfire with police, but it’s not clear whether officers shot him or whether he shot himself.
There is not yet a clear motive in the case.
On Twitter, Douglas County Police continue to post updates, including information that the college will remain closed until Monday, October 5th, with all activities cancelled. Counselling is being offered to students as well.
WATCH President Obama’s statement on the Umpqua shooting (begins 23:15):