US President Barack Obama has delivered a tearful speech as he responds to another deadly mass shooting.
“There’s been another mass shooting in America,” the president said in the White House briefing room.
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“There are more American families – moms, dads, children – whose lives have been changed forever. That means there’s another community stunned with grief – and communities across the country forced to relive their own anguish and parents across the country who are scared because they know it might have been their family or their children.”
The shooting, which left at least 13 people dead and 20 others injured, took place Thursday morning at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.
The identity of the 20-year-old shooter has not been released but authorities have confirmed he is now deceased.
The president has said the failure to pass more stringent gun safety laws is one of the greatest frustrations of his presidency thus far.
“Somehow, this has become routine,” Obama said.
“The reporting is routine, my response here at this podium ends up being routine, the conversation in the aftermath of it.
“We’ve become numb to this,” he said, choking up as he spoke.
“We talked about this after Columbine, and Blacksberg, after Tucson, after Newtown, after Aurora, after Charleston.
“It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun.
“What’s become routine of course is the response of those who oppose any kind of common sense gun legislation. Right now i can imagine the press releases being cranked out. “We need more gun laws” they’ll argue, “Fewer gun safety laws”.
“Does anybody really believe that?” The President asked.