Obama: Pandemic Cannot Be the ‘Only Thing’ That ‘Slows Mass Shootings’

Former President Barack Obama is weighing in on the calls for more action on guns following the second fatal mass shooting in the U.S. in a week.

“We should be able to go to school, or go out with our friends, or worship together without mentally planning our escape if someone shows up with a gun,” Obama wrote in a statement on Tuesday. “We should be able to live our lives without wondering if the next trip outside our home could be our last.”

“We should. But in America, we can’t.”

The former president declared that it is “long past time” for people “with power” to “fight this epidemic of gun violence to do so.”

“It will take time to root out the disaffection, racism and misogyny that fuels so many of these senseless acts of violence,” he added.

Obama continued in calling for action on creating tougher gun laws, “But we can make it harder for those with hate in their hearts to buy weapons of war. We can overcome opposition by cowardly politicians and the pressure of a gun lobby that opposes any limit on the ability of anyone to assemble an arsenal. We can, and we must.”

“A once-in-a-century pandemic cannot be the only thing that slows mass shootings in this country. We shouldn’t have to choose between one type of tragedy and another. It’s time for leaders everywhere to listen to the American people when they say enough is enough — because this is a normal we can no longer afford.”

See Obama’s statement below:

Obama’s statement comes after 10 people were killed at a Colorado grocery store on Monday afternoon, including a police officer. The 21-year-old suspect was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder.

President Joe Biden delivered remarks on Tuesday where he urged Congress to ban assault weapons.

“We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again,” Biden said during his remarks at the White House. “I got that done when I was a senator. … We should do it again.”

He also called for the Senate to pass two Democratic-backed gun control bills passed by the House of Representatives.

“This is not and should not be a partisan issue, this is an American issue. It will save lives, American lives, and we have to act,” the president said.

The coronavirus pandemic may have slowed the number of mass shootings in public spaces, but in 2020, mass shootings soared in the U.S.

According to USA Today, “Analysis of Gun Violence Archive statistics from 2020 shows that mass shootings surged by 47% as many states reported unprecedented increases in weapons-related incidents.” There were 611 reported mass shootings in the U.S. in 2020, compared to 417 mass shootings in 2019.

As The New York Times reports, “The early research suggests that widespread unemployment, financial stress, a rise in drug and alcohol addiction, and a lack of access to community resources caused by the pandemic contributed to the increase in shootings in 2020.”

The Times also notes, “The news media’s focus on the coronavirus and the lack of high-profile mass shootings may have removed another contributing factor: the tendency of gunmen to mimic other killers who gain notoriety,” citing Jillian Peterson, an associate professor of criminal justice at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn.

Additionally, background checks for guns purchased increased last year by 40% compared to 2019.

Responses

  1. Here’s Barry…..again. Chasing that spotlight with his huge ego. Or should he be called Joe’s consultant.
    While I don’t own a gun i do continue to hear about assault weapons. But no one ever defines one. Come on Barry. You can do it.

  2. Want to slow and even prevent “mass” shootings?
    Do away with “gun free zones”.
    Nearly every “mass” shooting is done where the shooter knows people are not allowed to carry firearms.
    Schools, theaters, just recently the grocery store in Boulder.
    The shooter knows the law abiding citizens will be unarmed and no one can shoot back.
    Prior to “gun free zones” being created there were far less “mass” shootings.

  3. So Barry is prez again? Just like the Clinton’s. Time for Trump to reappear

  4. Mind your own business, why don’t you take Big Mike and go back to wherever it was you were born and let the true Americans take care of things here and let us worry about what’s best for OUR country. Keep your opinions to yourself, we didn’t vote for you either just like this senile old fool in office (fraudently) now so neither one of you are considered the president!

  5. But his home town of Chicago has an average of TWO a week. They never get ANY press.

    This YEAR in Chicago..

    Year to Date
    Shot & Killed: 118
    Shot & Wounded: 533
    Total Shot: 651
    Total Homicides: 124
    Not a peep.

    Last weekend..
    4 killed, 25 wounded
    One incident that fits the FBI definition of a MASS SHOOTING…see any press on it?

    What these idiots can’t do is tell you how all of these new laws would change a thing…you seriously think someone who wants to commit a murder cares about the laws? CO recently put restrictions on several areas. It did nothing.

    Drugs are TOTALY illegal.. yet 74,000 overdose deaths. Their answer…make it legal and more available????

    1. So you’re saying that nothing should be done because any legislation won’t take guns away from 100% of criminals?? That’s pretty self serving and short sighted. Lol

      1. Criminals on the street will always have a firearm. They probably need to pack

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