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Obama on the Charleston shooting: “I've had to make statements like this too many times”

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on June 18, 2015 at 2:41 PM

Originally published on Vox on June 18, 2015 by Libby Nelson.

President Obama offered condolences Thursday to the families of the nine victims, and to Charleston as a whole, after Wednesday night's shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. In his remarks, he also spoke candidly about mass shootings, which he indicated are a uniquely American problem.


"I've had to make statements like this too many times," Obama said. "Communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times. We don't have all the facts, but we do know that once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun.

"Now is the time for mourning and for healing. But let's be clear, at some point we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries."

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