OBAMA: ‘We Have a Pattern Now of Mass Shootings … That Has No Parallel’
President Barack Obama is calling for gun control after a deadly mass shooting occurred in San Bernardino, California, on Wednesday.
Obama suggested that the recent, deadly pattern of shootings had “no parallel” and that politicians had the duty to come together and find an applicable solution.
“The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world,” Obama said in the interview.
“We should come together on a bipartisan basis at every level to make these rare as opposed to normal,” he added. “We should never think that this is something that just happen in the ordinary course of events because this doesn’t happen with the same frequency in other countries.”
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Business Insider reports:
Though he cautioned against judging Wednesday’s shooting until all of the facts are clear, Obama has appeared increasingly exasperated at the failure of Congress to pass legislation aimed at curbing gun violence, despite multiple high-profile shootings in 2015 alone.
In a blunt speech after a shooting at an Oregon community college earlier this year that claimed 10 lives, Obama argued mass shootings should be “politicized” to illustrate the need for stricter gun-control measures.
“This is something we should politicize. It is relevant to our common life together,” Obama said from the White House. “This is a political choice we make to allow this to happen every few months in America.”
“Each time this happens, I’m going to bring this up. I am going to say that we can actually do something about it,” he said in closing his remarks.
Though details of Wednesday’s shooting are still emerging, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said in a press conference that up to 14 people were dead and 14 were wounded, though officials cautioned that the numbers may be fluid.
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