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Obama’s 13th Statement On Mass Shootings Was His Most Political

President Obama has made 13 statements on mass shootings, but none were as pointed as the one he gave after the Umpqua Community College shooting

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REUTERS
Jun 18, 2015 at 3:45 PM ET

President Obama vented his fury about mass shootings in the U.S. while speaking about the murders of nine people at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, on Thursday, saying: “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.”

During his presidency, Obama has made or released statements on thirteen mass shootings in the U.S. President George W. Bush made no direct statement on mass shootings while he was in office.

Here are all the U.S. tragedies that Obama has commented on:

4/3/09: American Civic Association immigration center, Binghamton, New York 
6/10/09: Holocaust Museum Shooting, Washington, D.C.
11/5/09: Fort Hood, Texas
1/12/11: Public meeting held by U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Tucson, Arizona
4/20/12: Movie theater, Aurora, Colorado
8/5/12: Sikh temple, Oak Creek, Wisconsin
12/14/12: Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut
9/16/13: Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.
4/2/14: Fort Hood, Texas
4/13/14: Jewish community center, Overland Park, Kansas
2/10/15: Chapel Hill, North Carolina 
5/18/15: Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, South Carolina
10/1/15: Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, Oregon

Obama’s statements in these instances have gotten progressively more depressing and political. In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, Obama stated: “We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years.” After the shooting in the Navy Yard he said: “We can’t accept this.” In the wake of the Charleston shooting he said, “At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.”

But no statements were as strong as the one made Thursday:

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.