President Barack Obama addressed the mass shooting at a South Carolina church on Thursday, suggesting that tinkering with the gun laws in this country is in order after 21-year-old Dylan Roof fatally shot nine individuals Wednesday night at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.
“I don’t need to be constrained about the emotions tragedies like this raise,” the president said. “I’ve had to make comments like this too many times. Communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times.”
“Now is the time for mourning and healing, but let’s be clear: At some point as a country, we have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries,” Obama continued. “It is in our power to do something about it… I say this knowing the politics in this town foreclose a lot of those opportunities.”
Gun control advocacy groups also called for action and an examination of the country’s gun laws Thursday.
“While the details are still unfolding, nine innocent lives were taken and others were injured as a result of last night’s horrific mass shooting,” said Sylvie Dessau, the volunteer chapter leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “South Carolina needs to focus on keeping guns out of dangerous hands, which would help prevent future tragedies. It’s time we stand up for the safety of South Carolinians and work to reduce gun violence that continues to claim too many lives across the state.”
Dan Gross, the president of the Brady Campaign also said tougher gun laws would help prevent future mass shootings.
“The facts of this tragedy remain under investigation, and there is still a lot that we don’t know. What we know is that every day, 88 lives are lost in shootings across our nation,” said Gross in a statement. “Most of these tragedies are preventable through sensible solutions that just keep guns out of the wrong hands: solutions like expanding Brady background checks on all gun sales, and shutting down the small number of ‘bad apple’ gun dealers that supply almost all crime guns.”
What’s painfully obvious is that both Obama and these gun-control organizations are pivoting away from the individual responsible for the attack and focusing on firearms and the Second Amendment. Hopefully the non-gun owning public is intelligent enough to see through the smoke and mirrors and rejects the notion that more laws would stop a determined sociopath from taking lives.