Obama’s knee-jerk statement: ‘We should politicize’ shooting

barack-obama-gunsWithout waiting to learn any details of Thursday’s mass shooting at an Oregon community college, President Barack Obama made an appeal for stiffer gun control measures, stating that it’s “something we should politicize.”

He angrily went after Congress for its failure to enact additional gun control measures in the face of mass shootings.

“This is a political choice that we make, to allow this to happen every few months in America,” Obama said. “We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction.”

He promised he wouldn’t let the issue go, one which he began addressing after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012.

“Each time this happens I’m going to bring this up,” Obama said. “Each time this happens I am going to say we can actually do something about it.”

Thursday’s shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg resulted in 10 dead, including the shooter, and seven wounded.

“Somehow this has become routine,” Obama said. “The reporting is routine, my response here at this podium ends up being routine. And what becomes routine is the response from those who oppose any sort of gun control legislation.”

The president also addressed claims made by groups such as the National Rifle Association.

“How can you, with a straight face, make the case that more guns will make us safer?” he asked.

He has claimed on several occasions that the failure to enact gun control measures is the greatest failure of his presidency.

“I hope and pray I don’t have to come out again during my tenure as president to offer my condolences,” Obama said. “But based on my experiences as president, I can’t guarantee that, and that is terrible thing to say.”

Watch the 12-1/2 minutes address.

Conservative syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer, appearing on Fox News Channel’s “Special Report” Thursday, said that while the president’s remarks were “100 percent sincere,” they were also “100 percent knee-jerk.”

More than anything, he said, they were premature.

“What does he do if it turns out he was a terrorist?” Krauthammer asked. “We don’t know whether it is or not and to make a pronouncement at this time when – I hate to say it, the bodies are still warm and the wounded are now in surgery — I think is at least premature.”

The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes also appeared on the panel with Krauthammer, and brought up another issue the president has yet to address.

The answer was pretty simple:

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