Obama after Navy Yard shooting: Change in gun laws ‘ought to obsess us’
by Nedra Pickler
September 22, 2013 11:56 PM | 864 views | 5 5 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
President Barack Obama comforts an unidentified woman sitting in the family section at a memorial service for the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting at Marine Barracks in Washington on Sunday. A gunman killed 12 people in the Navy Yard last week, before being fatally shot in a gun battle with law enforcement. The president and first lady Michelle Obama also visited with the victims' families.<br>The Associated Press
President Barack Obama comforts an unidentified woman sitting in the family section at a memorial service for the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting at Marine Barracks in Washington on Sunday. A gunman killed 12 people in the Navy Yard last week, before being fatally shot in a gun battle with law enforcement. The president and first lady Michelle Obama also visited with the victims' families.
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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Sunday memorialized the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting by calling for a transformation in the nation’s gun laws to address an epidemic of gun violence, saying, “There’s nothing inevitable about it.”

Reprising his role of the nation’s consoler in chief after yet another mass shooting, Obama said Americans should honor the victims of last Monday’s shooting by insisting on a change in gun laws. “It ought to obsess us,” Obama said.

“Sometimes I fear there is a creeping resignation that these tragedies are just somehow the way it is, that this is somehow the new normal. We cannot accept this,” Obama said.

He said no other advanced nation endures the kind of gun violence seen in the United States, and blamed mass shootings in America on laws that fail “to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people.”

“What’s different in America is it’s easy to get your hands on a gun,” he said. He acknowledged “the politics are difficult,” a lesson he learned after failing to get expanded background checks for gun buyers through the Democratic-controlled Senate this spring.

“And that’s sometimes where the resignation comes from: the sense that our politics are frozen and that nothing will change. Well, I cannot accept that,” Obama said. “By now, though, it should be clear that the change we need will not come from Washington, even when tragedy strikes Washington. Change will come the only way it ever has come, and that’s from the American people.”

Obama joined military leaders in eulogizing the 12 victims killed in last Monday’s shooting, speaking from the parade grounds at the Marine Barracks, a site personally selected by Thomas Jefferson because of its close marching distance to the Navy Yard. The memorial service came on the first day of fall, which shone brightly in Washington, with sun sparkling off the instruments being played by the Navy Band and the gold dress uniform buttons worn by so many in the crowd.

The invitation-only crowd included about 4,000 mourners, with the victims’ tearful, black-clad family members directly in front of the speakers’ stage. The president and first lady met privately with the families before the service, White House officials said.

Authorities say their loved ones’ lives were taken Monday by shotgun-wielding Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old former Navy reservist and information technology contractor who struggled with mental illness. Police killed Alexis in a gun battle.

By the end of the day, the Senate’s chief gun control proponent, California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, was calling on her colleagues to restart the debate on gun control and “do more to stop this endless loss of life.” Obama didn’t speak out on the issue until Saturday night, when he urged a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner “to get back up and go back at it” to push gun control legislation that stalled in the Senate earlier this year. Obama proposed the legislation in the aftermath of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 first graders and six staff.

Obama said it’s clear from the Navy Yard shooting that the country needs to do a better job to secure its military facilities and improve mental health services, but also address gun laws.

“Our tears are not enough,” Obama said Sunday.

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J G
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September 23, 2013
Lin in Cobb is an example of the typical low-information, low-IQ obamabot. Criminals do not obey the law, so the only people you will affect are the law abiding citizens. In effect you disarm the innocent and embolden the criminal.
FROM TEXAS
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September 23, 2013
Comrade Obama never misses a chance for gun confiscation Billy Bob Clinton disarmed the military bases so blood is on his hands. Comrade spent twenty minutes on gun control what about Bengasi shouldn’t gun control for the terrorist not Americans. If people in the mall in Kenya had guns than they wouldn’t have been sitting ducks for racist to shoot and kill!! The V.A. was Obama never mentioned the V.A.’s failure to do anything about this nut case and HP needs to sue the V.A. for being guilty of letting this nut case go.
Lin in Cobb
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September 23, 2013
The GOP across the US can pass hundreds of laws which limit the access of women to healthcare, but they can't/won't pass one law which will limit guns.

So shallow!
anonymous
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September 23, 2013
No you liberals don’t prosecute the people that try to get guns illegally these people are flagged but never get prosecuted by the great Eric Holder. If more working class people had guns in Chicago than they could shoot back the cops can’t stop it. Maybe East Atlanta would suit you better.be sure to go unarmed to get the full experience of being a victim.
jon galt
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September 23, 2013
Lin - you're an idiot. Criminals don't obey laws, so gun restrictions only would affect those who are not planning on committing a crime anyway. Here's a clue on women's healthcare: pay for it yourself and get your greedy hands out of my pocket.
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