SAN FRANCISCO, CA — While speaking at the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Friday, Obama discussed the recent shooting at a church in Charleston, SC.
“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.”
Sorry Mr. President, but the facts show that violent crime and homicide rates increase after gun bans are enacted.
“A free people ought to be armed. A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.” – George Washington
“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” – Thomas Jefferson