Scenes of grief and mourning in the wake of school shootings
The gun violence at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, on Thursday became the latest in a string of American mass shootings that have taken place with startling regularity. A significant portion of the gun violence strikes those particularly vulnerable — students.
Speaking from the Brady Press Room at the White House, President Obama offered his condolences to victims’ families and made his strongest remarks yet in pushing for gun control legislation. “In the coming days, we’ll learn about the victims, young men and women studying, learning, working hard with their eyes set on the future, on dreams, on what they can make of their lives, and Americans will wrap everyone grieving with prayer and love,” he said.
Obama has traveled to communities struck by mass shootings at least seven times in the past to make remarks. This year, he spoke in Charleston, South Carolina, after a shooting at a historic black church that killed nine black parishioners. In the past, he has also spoken twice at Fort Hood, Kileen, Texas, after two shootings in 2014 and 2009, as well as in Tucson, Arizona; Aurora, Colorado; Newtown, Connecticut; and the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.
“Somehow this is becoming routine. The reporting is becoming routine. My response here at this podium is becoming routine,” Obama said with apparent frustration. “It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun. And what has become routine, of course, is the response of those who oppose any kind of common-sense gun regulation. Their response is being cranked out right now: We need more guns. We need fewer gun laws. Does anybody really believe that?”