President Obama is usually pretty calm, cool and collected when we see him, regardless of the situation. Today it was different. An exasperated Obama stepped up to the podium and after offering his condolences to the victims and their loved ones and covering some basic protocols, went into a impassioned plea to America to ‘end the routine’ and do something — anything to reduce gun violence.
Our thoughts and prayers are not enough
After explaining that while every country has people who are mentally ill and want to do harm to others. We are, as he pointed out, the only one that has these ‘mass shootings’ — and they are happening so often they have become routine. Obama pointed out that not only have the events become routine, but the coverage has become routine, the reactions have become routine and doing nothing has become routine.
Obama pleaded that we need to ‘change the routine.’
Check out his powerful speech HERE;
Obama said that this is an issue that ‘needs to be politicized.’ He also asked news organizations to put up the number of people killed by gun violence vs terrorism over the past. So, as the President wishes — here they are;
Obama promised that each time this happens, he will bring this up. He also stated he needs a Congress and state officials that will work with him to change laws for the purpose of reducing gun violence. He already has a willing population as it is well known that a vast majority of Americans support basic, prudent and good sense measures to reduce gun violence.