Following Charleston murders, Obama gives 14th statement on mass shootings, questions gun laws
President Barack Obama made a statement mourning the victims of last night's South Carolina murders. This was the fourteenth time Obama has had to make a statement after a mass shooting. "At some point," he said, "we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries."
Last night's shooting, in which a white male shot and killed nine African-Americans in a historical black church, is currently being investigated as a hate crime. The tragic event is also reigniting debate over gun laws. Obama said that the shooting was another example of innocent people being killed because someone who "wanted to inflict harm" had "no trouble getting their hands on a gun." The shooter, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, had received a gun for his 21st birthday.
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