While speaking at the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Friday, Obama took the time to use the shooting at a church in Charleston, SC to try and further gun control.
This and That PostBox reported that the facts show that violent crime and homicide rates increase after gun bans are enacted.
“If congress had passed some common sense gun reforms after Newtown, after a group of children had been gunned down in their own classroom.
Reforms that 90% of the American people supported, we wouldn’t have prevented every act of violence, or even most, we don’t know if it would have prevented what would have happened in Charleston, but we might still have some more Americans with us,” Obama said.
“I know today’s politics less like that we will see any serious gun safety legislation. Ultimately, congress will follow the people. At some point in the country, we have reckon with what happens. It’s not good enough to show sympathy.
You don’t see murder on this kind of scale, with this kind of frequency, in any other advanced nation on Earth. Every country has violent, hateful, or mentally unstable people. What’s different is not every country is a wash with easily accessible guns. I refuse… to pretend that it’s simply sufficient enough to grieve, and that any mention of us doing something to stop it is somehow politicizing the problem.”
“We need a change in attitudes, among attitudes: lawful gun owners, those who are unfamiliar with guns. We have to have a conversation about it and fix this. And ultimately congress acts when the public insists on action.
And we’ve seen how public opinion can change. We’ve seen it change on gay marriage, we’ve seen it beginning to change on climate change. We have to change how we think about this issue. We as a people have got to change.”
According to CowgerNation, Obama also took time to capitalize on the racial aspect of the Charleston shooting to further the racial tension that is currently brewing.
Every year, guns are used over 80 times more often to protect a life than to take one!
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