Courtesy of the Daily Beast:
An outraged President Obama did not try to comfort the nation after its latest mass murder—this time at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on Thursday—but instead admonished it for not fighting gun violence.
“Our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted somewhere else in America—next week or a couple of months from now,” he said.
Obama went further, likening what Americans do to each other with guns to what terrorists do.
“Have news organizations tally up the number of Americans killed who’ve been killed through terrorist attacks through the last decade and the number of Americans killed by gun violence, and post those side-by-side in your news reports,” he admonished the press.
“This a political choice we make to allow this to happen every few months in America. We are collectively answerable to those families, who lose their loved ones, because of our inaction.”
Obama said the nation wages war on the threat of terrorism but stands idly by while Americans murder each other by the thousands every year.
“We spend over a trillion dollars and pass countless laws and devote entire agencies to preventing terrorist attacks on our soil, and rightfully so,” he said. “And yet we have a Congress that explicitly blocks us from even collecting data on how we could potentially reduce gun deaths.”
Obama welcomed pundits and critics who he said would accuse him of “politicizing” the latest tragedy.
I watched this yesterday and all I could think is that the President looked exhausted by all of this.
And who could blame him.
After all there have only been 274 days in this year and 294 shootings involving four or more victims.
The President is presiding over a nation of savages.
And there seems to be no end in sight to their savagery
Update: The President challenged the media to compare the deaths by terrorism in this country to deaths attributed to gun violence.
Vox is just one of the outlets which accepted that challenge:
More than 10,000 Americans are killed every year by gun violence. By contrast, so few Americans have been killed by terrorist attacks since 9/11 that when you chart the two together, the terrorism death count approximates zero for every year except 2001.
Not exactly surprising right?
Both sad and frightening, but not surprising.