President Barack Obama has adopted a different tone, if not a new stance, about gun legislation.
In the immediate aftermath of Thursday’s shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, Obama forcefully spoke about United States’ gun laws.
In his statement, Obama said that “our thoughts and prayers are not enough” as a response to mass shootings without “sufficient common-sense gun-safety laws.”
“[I]t does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America—next week, or a couple of months from now,” Obama said.
Obama spoke out against those who oppose firearm legislation:
[W]hat’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 guns, they’ll argue. Fewer gun safety laws.
Does anybody really believe that?
The president said the issue is something that “we should politicize.”