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September 22, 2013

President Obama deplores gun violence at Navy Yard memorial

President Barack Obama said Sunday he fears there's a "creeping resignation" that mass shootings like the deadly attack last Monday at the Washington Navy Yard are becoming the "new normal."

Speaking at a memorial service for the 12 victims, Obama noted its the fifth time as president he's sought to console a community.

"It ought to It ought to obsess us. It ought to lead to some sort of transformation," Obama said of the mass killings, noting that single mass shootings did so in countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia. "And yet here in the United States after the round-the-clock coverage on cable news, after the heartbreaking interviews with families, after all of the speeches and all of the punditry and all of the commentary, nothing happens."

And, he added, "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."

Obama -- who along with First Lady Michelle Obama met privately with family members before the ceremony -- noted his effort to push gun control laws and said "if we can prevent even one tragedy like this...surely we've got an obligation to try."

Yet it was Obama himself who seemed resigned. He stopped short of renewing a call for gun legislation, saying that the politics of gun control are "difficult" and there's a sense they're "frozen." And though he said that he doesn't accept "that we cannot find a common-sense way to preserve our traditions," he added that, "by now 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." 

"Our tears are not enough," he told the crowd, estimated at 4,000. "If we really want to honor these 12 men and women...then we're going to have to change."

DC Mayor Vincent Gray, who preceded Obama to the lectern, told the crowd: "Our country is drowning in a sea of guns. The time has come for action."

The service was held at the Marine Barracks, the oldest active post in the Marine Corps and less than three blocks from the Navy Yard.

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MGLoraine

Congress only votes for things they've been bribed to vote for. Ordinary people can't match the bribes of the gun manufacturers' lobby, i.e., the NRA. The People always lose, and the fat-cats always win.

Trippin

Those for whom fascism at the point of a gun is conflated as liberty are but a tiny pack of yammering radical baboons. Yet that minority of lunatics holds sway over the vast majority of Americans, for no other reason than their sentiments are well aligned with the corporate interests of the weapons manufacturers, who have the finances to purchase representation in a society where money is conflated with speech.

fiftyville

For a second there, I thought he was talking about Chicago.

All For Liberty

DC Navy Yard Shooting Linked to Investigation of Obama for Treason - aka False Flag Nuke Attack on D.C.- Per DHS Play Book

http://www.dailypaul.com/300109/dc-navy-yard-shooting-linked-to-attempted-arrest-of-obama-for-treason-aka-false-flag-nuke-attack-on-washington

CharlieTX

As soon as the USA government starts respecting and enforcing our laws, the people will as well.

Blogvader

Why should people care? They happen all the time in this country, and we know that nothing will ever be done to restrain gun culture.

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