“Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine. The conversation in the aftermath of it. We’ve become numb to this.
We talked about this after Columbine and Blacksburg, after Tucson, after Newtown, after Aurora, after Charleston. It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun.”
He then called on news organizations to tally the number of Americans who have been killed through terrorist attacks over the last decade and the Americans who have been killed through gun violence, and put those numbers side by side in news reports.
Vox heeded Obama’s call, and as expected, gun homicide deaths vastly outnumber US citizen deaths from acts of terrorism.
On this topic, Obama noted that while we spend huge amounts of money each year protecting Americans from terrorism, we seem unable to do the same to protect the same citizens from a different — yet more likely — kind of harm:
“We spent over a trillion dollars, and passed countless laws, and devote entire agencies to preventing terrorist attacks on our soil, and rightfully so. And yet we have a Congress that explicitly blocks us from even collecting data on how we could potentially reduce gun deaths. How can that be?”
The events in the Oregonian town represent the 294th mass shooting this year, according to the Mass Shooting Tracker.
You can watch Obama’s speech in full, in case you missed it yesterday: