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The President: There's been another mass shooting in
America -- this time, in a community college in Oregon.
That means there are more American families -- moms,
dads, children -- whose lives have been changed forever.
That means there's another community stunned with
grief, and communities across the country forced to
relieve their own anguish, and parents across the
country who are scared because they know it might
have been their families or their children.
I've been to Roseburg, Oregon.
There are really good people there.
I want to thank all the first responders whose
bravery likely saved some lives today.
Federal law enforcement has been on the scene in a
supporting role, and we've offered to stay and help as
much as Roseburg needs, for as long as they need.
In the coming days, we'll learn about the victims --
young men and women who were studying and learning and
working hard, their eyes set on the future, their dreams
on what they could make of their lives.
And America will wrap everyone who's grieving with
our prayers and our love.
But as I said just a few months ago, and I said a few
months before that, and I said each time we see one of
these mass shootings, our thoughts and prayers are
not enough.
It's not enough.
It does not capture the heartache and grief and
anger that we should feel.
And it does nothing to prevent this carnage from
being inflicted someplace else in America -- next
week, or a couple of months from now.
We don't yet know why this individual did what he did.
And it's fair to say that anybody who does this has a
sickness in their minds, regardless of what they
think their motivations may be.
But we are not the only country on Earth that has
people with mental illnesses or want to do harm to
other people.
We are the only advanced country on Earth that sees
these kinds of mass shootings every few months.
Earlier this year, I answered a question in an
interview by saying, "The United States of America is
the one advanced nation on Earth in which we do not
have sufficient common-sense gun-safety laws -- even in
the face of repeated mass killings."
And later that day, there was a mass shooting at a
movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana.
That day!
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.
And what's become routine, of course, is the response
of those who oppose any kind of common-sense
gun legislation.
Right now, I can imagine the press releases being cranked
out: We need more guns, they'll argue.
Fewer gun safety laws.
Does anybody really believe that?
There are scores of responsible gun owners in
this country --they know that's not true.
We know because of the polling that says the
majority of Americans understand we should be
changing these laws -- including the majority of
responsible, law-abiding gun owners.
There is a gun for roughly every man, woman, and child
in America.
So how can you, with a straight face, make the
argument that more guns will make us safer?
We know that states with the most gun laws tend to have
the fewest gun deaths.
So the notion that gun laws don't work, or just will
make it harder for law-abiding citizens and
criminals will still get their guns is not borne out
by the evidence.
We know that other countries, in response to
one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that
almost eliminate mass shootings.
Friends of ours, allies of ours -- Great Britain,
Australia, countries like ours.
So we know there are ways to prevent it.
And, of course, what's also routine is that somebody,
somewhere will comment and say, Obama politicized
this issue.
Well, this is something we should politicize.
It is relevant to our common life together, to the
body politic.
I would ask news organizations -- because I
won't put these facts forward -- have news
organizations tally up the number of Americans who've
been killed through terrorist attacks over the
last decade and the number of Americans who've been
killed by gun violence, and post those side-by-side on
your news reports.
This won't be information coming from me; it will be
coming from you.
We spend over a trillion dollars, and pass 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?
This is a political choice that we make to allow this
to happen every few months in America.
We collectively are answerable to those families
who lose their loved ones because of our inaction.
When Americans are killed in mine disasters, we work to
make mines safer.
When Americans are killed in floods and hurricanes, we
make communities safer.
When roads are unsafe, we fix them to reduce
auto fatalities.
We have seatbelt laws because we know it saves lives.
So the notion that gun violence is somehow
different, that our freedom and our Constitution
prohibits any modest regulation of how we use a
deadly weapon, when there are law-abiding gun owners
all across the country who could hunt and protect their
families and do everything they do under such
regulations doesn't make sense.
So, tonight, as those of us who are lucky enough to hug
our kids a little closer are thinking about the families
who aren't so fortunate, I'd ask the American people to
think about how they can get our government to change
these laws, and to save lives, and to let young
people grow up.
And that will require a change of politics on
this issue.
And it will require that the American people,
individually, whether you are a Democrat or a
Republican or an independent, when you decide
to vote for somebody, are making a determination as to
whether this cause of continuing death for
innocent people should be a relevant factor in
your decision.
If you think this is a problem, then you should
expect your elected officials to reflect
your views.
And I would particularly ask America's gun owners -- who
are using those guns properly, safely, to hunt,
for sport, for protecting their families -- to think
about whether your views are properly being represented
by the organization that suggests it's speaking for you.
And each time this happens I'm going to bring this up.
Each time this happens I am going to say that we can
actually do something about it, but we're going to have
to change our laws.
And this is not something I can do by myself.
I've got to have a Congress and I've got to have state
legislatures and governors who are willing to work with
me on this.
I hope and pray that I don't have to come out again
during my tenure as President to offer my
condolences to families in these circumstances.
But based on my experience as President, I can't
guarantee that.
And that's terrible to say.
And it can change.
May God bless the memories of those who were killed today.
May He bring comfort to their families, and courage
to the injured as they fight their way back.
And may He give us the strength to come together
and find the courage to change.
Thank you.


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Mary Lai 發佈於 2015 年 10 月 3 日
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