Here is what Barack Obama has had to say after eleven mass shootings since he took office

Here is what Barack Obama has had to say after eleven mass shootings since he took office

On Thursday a gunman entered a community college in Roseland, Oregon, and killed 10 people and wounded seven others.

It was just the latest incident in what has become part of the news cycle in the US, where Congress has repeatedly refused to pass stricter gun control laws.

On Thursday evening a visibly upset Barack Obama held a press conference to make his 11th address about a mass or spree shooting. Since he took office in 2009 there hasn't been a calendar week without a shooting in which four or more people have died, and 54 of those have involved victims who were previously unknown to the perpetrator.

Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine... We've become numb to this.

Sadly, he's right. Just look at everything he's had to say in the wake of the deaths of innocent people, every time:

1. Binghamton, New York, 3 April 2009

Michelle and I were shocked and deeply saddened to learn about the act of senseless violence in Binghamton, NY today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and the people of Binghamton.

2. Fort Hood, Texas, 5 November 2009

This is a time of war. Yet these Americans did not die on a foreign field of battle. They were killed here, on American soil... This is the fact that makes the tragedy even more painful, even more incomprehensible.

3. Tucson, Arizona, 8 January 20011

We cannot and will not be passive in the face of such violence. We should be willing to challenge old assumptions in order to lessen the prospects of such violence in the future.

4. Aurora, Colorado, 20 July 2012

Such violence, such evil is senseless. It's beyond reason. But while we will never know fully what causes somebody to take the life of another, we do know what makes life worth living.

5. Oak Creek, Wisconsin, 5 August 2012

[Such]terrible, tragic events are happening with too much regularity for us not to do some soul-searching to examine additional ways that we can reduce violence.

6. Newtown, Connecticut, 14 December 2012

We can’t accept events like this as routine. Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?

7. Navy Yard, Washington, 16 September 2012

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... Clearly, we care. Our hearts are broken - again. And we care so deeply about these families. But the question is, do we care enough?

8. Second Fort Hood shooting, 2 April 2014

Any shooting is troubling. Obviously this reopens the pain of what happened at Fort Hood five years ago.

We’re heartbroken that something like this might have happened again. We don’t yet know what happened tonight, but obviously that sense of safety has been broken once again.

9. Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 10 February 2015

Yesterday, the FBI opened an inquiry into the brutal and outrageous murders of Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, Deah Shaddy Barakat, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Michelle and I offer our condolences to the victims’ loved ones. As we saw with the overwhelming presence at the funeral of these young Americans, we are all one American family.

10. Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston, South Carolina, 17 June 2015

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. It doesn't happen in other places with this kind of frequency.

11. Umpqua Community College, Oregon, 1 October 2015

I hope and pray that I don't have to come out again during my tenure as president to offer my condolences to families in these circumstances. But based on my experience as president, I can't guarantee that. And that's terrible to say.

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