Obama Says Fight for Gun Laws ‘Ought to Obsess Us’

“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. We cannot  accept this,” Obama said.

He said no other advanced nation endures the kind of gun violence seen in the  United States, and blamed mass shootings in America on laws that fail “to keep  guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people.”

“What’s different in America is it’s easy to get your hands on a gun,” he  said. He acknowledged “the politics are difficult,” a lesson he learned after  failing to get expanded background checks for gun buyers through the  Democratic-controlled Senate this spring.

“And that’s sometimes where the resignation comes from: the sense that our  politics are frozen and that nothing will change. Well, I cannot accept that,” Obama said. “By now, though, 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.”

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