President Obama has made a statement regarding to tragic mass shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College earlier today.
The horrific incident resulted in the deaths of at least 10 students, with multiple injuries reported, as well as the death of 20-year-old male gunman.
During a speech earlier this evening, Obama gave an emotional statement regarding the mass shooting, expressing sadness and anger, as this is his 15th address of a mass school shooting during his presidency.
He stated, “This is a political choice that we make to allow this to happen every few months in America. We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction.”
“Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up routine … We have become numb to this,” he continued.
Obama also stressed that gun laws need to be changed in order to help prevent future incidents such as this one. “Each time this happens, I am going to say we are going to have to do something about it — and we are going to have to change our laws,” he stated.
He concluded, “This is not something I can do myself.”
Watch the full speech from President Obama above, which begins around the 14-minute mark.
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Lookin' Like The Man: The Best Photos Of President Obama During The 2015 State Of The Union (PHOTOS)
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1. Obama begins his State of the Union speech, one of the shortest of his presidency.
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2. "I see you, Alan Gross."
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3. See? Mr. Gross' positivity definitely raised everyone's spirits in the house.
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4. It was hard to ignore.
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5. Boehner's mug however, proved he wasn't pleased with much of anything.
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6. This woman was pretty geeked to meet Obama, no?
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7. Biden is always there to cheer on the president.
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8. Oh, and Alan Gross.
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9. Thumbs up to Obama's supporters.
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10. "Looking like the man when I walk thru."
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11. When someone doesn't understand the point of middle class economics.
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12. Obama made sure to greet most of his supporters before and after his speech.
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13. One of the night's best moments.
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14. A great and inspirational speech for the masses.