Obama Addresses Gun Violence at Hollywood Fundraiser

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Hours after delivering a statement on the shooting massacre of nine people at an historic church in Charleston, S.C., President Obama and a group of entertainment industry donors had a lengthy discussion about the roots of gun violence in the first of two Hollywood-centric fundraisers in Los Angeles on Thursday, according to an attendee who was present.

About 30 people attended the event at the Pacific Palisades home of Chuck Lorre, executive producer of “Two and a Half Men.” Tickets for what was billed as an intimate discussion with the president sold for up to $33,400 each, with proceeds going to the Democratic National Committee.

Among those attending were Kiefer Sutherland, Matthew Perry, Conan O’Brien, UTA’s Jay Sures, Bob Broder, Tennis Channel CEO Ken Solomon and writer-producer James Burrows.

The attendee described the meeting, which lasted an hour and 15 minutes, as different from other events in that it offered an opportunity for Obama to have a “long, thoughtful” and serious discussion about issues, including gun violence and his presidency, in a much more “macro” sense than in other forums. The discussion about gun violence touched on gun laws, mental health and race, among other factors, the attendee said. Obama talked about being an optimist, especially about the country’s place in history.

Next on Obama’s agenda was a larger, $2,500-per-person event at the home of Tyler Perry. Perry is a longtime supporter who also held a fundraiser for Obama’s re-election campaign in Atlanta.

He also addressed the Charleston shootings at the Perry event, before a crowd of about 250 people.

“To see such a horrific event unfold like that is particularly shocking and it’s a reminder that we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Obama said, according to a pool report.

Perry introduced Obama, saying that he was “one of the most incredible people I have ever met.” He joked that Obama volunteered to take over the Titanic after it had already struck the iceberg, according to the pool report.

Perry also told about going to the White House for dinner. On the Truman Balcony afterwards, Obama winked at Michelle who “turned into a 15 year old girl,” Perry said, per the pool report.

Among those also at the event were January Jones, Ted Sarandos, Jason Collins and Matthew Weiner.

The Lorre event was closed to the press, while the Perry event, held at his Tuscan-style home off of Mulholland Drive, was open to pool reporters.

“There is something particularly heartbreaking about a death happening in a place in which we seek solace and we seek peace,” Obama said at the White House earlier on Thursday. He said that he and first lady Michelle Obama knew Rev. Clementa Pinckney, pastor of Emanuel AME Church, who was one of the victims.

“We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that, once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun,” Obama said, adding that “at some point, we as a country have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.”

A White House spokesman told reporters that there had not been discussion of calling off the fundraisers in the wake of the shootings. While there was speculation earlier on Thursday as to whether the trips would proceed, in the past the administration has held to the president’s schedule in the face of major events. Obama also has fundraisers scheduled in San Francisco on Friday.

Obama’s trip will be followed on Friday by Hillary Clinton’s trek to Los Angeles to raise money for her presidential campaign. She is scheduled to fundraise at the home of Peter Lowy, co-CEO of Westfield Corp., at a lunchtime gathering. That will be followed by an early evening reception at the home of Michael Lombardo, president of programming at HBO, and his husband Sonny Ward, and then another event the home of actor Tobey Maguire and wife Jennifer Meyer.

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  1. Bob Miller says:

    Obama wants to know what can be done to prevent an angry young man from obtaining a gun and mowing down innocent people. I have a better idea. Lets instill personal responsibility and ethics at a young age in the schools. In addition, kids should learn the value of religious ethics (similar to Judeo/Christian) and practice them. Unfortunately, the liberal doctrine kids learn in the media and in school does not teach personal responsibility/values or respect for others. Not having a good sense of values makes a kid more likely to experiment with deviant behavior, such as hate groups and their teachings, thus possessing a greater potential to exercise evil acts. If Dylan Roof for instance had been introduced to the First AME Church at an early age and had supportive parents who believed in the value of the church, he probably would have grown up a much better person and would not have committed this horrible crime. To the point of gun control, this is only addressing the symptom of a greater problem. We need to address these kind’s of acts at the root, and that involves serious parenting and values teaching.

  2. June says:

    That headline is a joke, right?

  3. Maybe Americans would take the human rights haters (those who want to take self defense tools, like guns, away from the poor and middle class) more seriously, if they’d stop stealing tax payer money for drones that bomb schools, weddings, or foreign wars of aggression and occupation for international bankers, and fascist, globalist corporations?…

  4. Shrugged says:

    Hollywood would be bankrupt and a forgotten industry without the dramatic bloody gun violence THEY glorify. F-ing hypocrits.
    Responsible gun owners do not glorify their weapons, but recognize the tremendous responsibility it is to own and carry one. Only Hollywood makes it look so easy to blow someone’s head off with a gun.
    That obama would not only use this source for advice, but TALK about doing it makes him to be the fool that we already know he is. Failed president. WORST president in history. His presidential library will be as big a corrupt joke as the Clinton Foundation.

  5. Jim says:

    Oh yeah. Hollywood actors are now gun experts !!!

  6. K Turner says:

    So..Mr Obama decides to address gun violence yet AGAIN ( translation…he will abolish the Second Amendment the first chance he gets)
    w/ ” Jack Bauer” & the rest of ” shoot ‘ em up Hollywood”..while surrounded by ARMED Secret Service? Typically hypocritical ! I suppose only those with fat wallets are allowed to protect themselves here in the “Land of the Free”!

  7. ” I’m going to get this girl drunk and then have sex with her” – Cue laugh track.
    A joke about rape actually featured on “Two and a half Men”. So did they discuss with the president how rape is being portrayed as acceptable on national broadcast television?

    Of course people that promote rape as a joke and people who use the deaths of innocents to push their sickening political agenda of tyranny by giving speeches full of lies and distortions hang out together. You got a good picture there of who they really are.

    So tell me obama, the death of nine fellow Americans does not cause you to be honest and sober you up from the politicalizing falsehoods for even one day? Instead it inspires you to rev up the lies and propaganda and greedily try and manipulate the American public into going along with your same old political agenda in some sort of disgusting feeding frenzy of misinformation? When tragedy strikes you attack the American public with your propaganda?

  8. meadowlands says:

    I guess this means that Obama’s SS protection and the bodyguards of the Hollywood elite stars will no longer carry guns?

  9. psadie says:

    Obama won’t listen to the demands of the American people BUT he will listen to the foolishness of Hollywood’s greedy A-listers. Disgusting.

  10. American Exceptionalist says:

    So many Hollywood Hypocrites make their fortunes in movies glorifying guns, then turn around and say they are against them and that no matter what the Constitution says, guns need to be taken away from people.
    Hollywood, do you really believe criminals will obey gun control laws? If so, you must be a special kind of stupid.

  11. bob Wonderful says:

    For the purposes of Media Accuracy – Mass murders of Whites by Black men have been numerous : Below are 5 of the most famous. I reject any racist attempts whose political goal is to make it appear that White people are any more hateful than Black people or any other peoples .

    #1. COLIN FERGUSON : Dec 7, 1993 : Shoots and kills 8 Whites on a train in Garden city NY.
    The killings were explicitly racial in nature and he also wounded 19 White and Asian people. Police found pieces of notebook paper in Ferguson’s pockets with scribbled notes with the heading “reasons for this”. One of the notes referred to “racism by Caucasians and Uncle Tom Negroes”. They included a reference to “the false allegations against me by the filthy Caucasian racist female on the #1 line”. Colin boarded an outbound Train to Conneticut so he wouldn’t embarrass Black NYC Mayor David Dinkins.

    #2. JOHN MOHAMMAD and LEE BOYD MALVO : Kills 10 Whites and Wounds 3
    In 2002 the DC sniper JOHN MOHAMMAD and his trusty sidekick LEE BOYD MALVO killed 10 and wounded 3 . Malvo testified in Court , that Muhammad, driven by hatred of America because of its “slavery, hypocrisy and foreign policy” and his belief that “the white man is the devil”, planned to kill six whites a day for 30 days.

    #3. CLIFTON MCCREE : Killed 5 Whites and wounded a sixth , February 9, 1996
    Cliftons suicide note stated that he did the killing : “to punish some of the cowardly, racist devils” At 5:00 AM on February 9, 1996, Clifton returned to a temporary trailer office a block from the beach and systematically started firing on the beach cleaning crew he once worked with as they sat around a table preparing for work. McCree entered the trailer carrying a .9 mm semi-automatic handgun and said: “Everyone is going to die.”

    #4. OMAR THORTON – Aug 5, 2010 Kills 8 Whites and Wounds 2 more :
    Below is Thortons explanation to the Police Dispatch before he shot himself
    “….Thornton: I’m in the building. Uh, you probably want to know the reason why I shot this place up. This place here is a racist place.
    Dispatcher: Yup, I understand that
    Thornton: They treat me bad over here, and they treat all the other black employees bad over here too, so I just take it into my own hands and I handled the problem — I wish I coulda got more of the people…”

    #5. LA Riots : If you take the time to view the helicopter footage of the corner of Florence and Normandie, you will see a crowd of hundreds standing on the corner and hooting and clapping as 4 Black Males throw cinder blocks as hard as they can on the head of unconscious Truck driver, Reginald Denny. Amazingly, Denny was able to crawl back in his cab but could not manage to drive the truck and a lone Black person helped him drive away. . 53-59 people lost their lives in those riots. Youtube videos also show sickening footage of Black men standing in that intersection and pulling White and /Asian drivers from their cares and viciously beating senseless – the terrified drivers and stealing items from their cars

  12. himanshu says:

    Obama is doing good work by bringing resolution to control guns.

  13. Heartland Patriot says:

    What, like anyone in Hollywood actually knows anything worthwhile about firearms? Well to be fair, Tom Selleck does, but I doubt they consulted him.

  14. srvwp2013 says:

    Admittedly mine is a simplistic remark from myself, an individual who cannot stand Barack. Barack sold America out as he was planning his first presidential campaign. This did not all just happen due to the events of the days, weeks, months and years of his failed presidency. It was in fact aided by the Clintons who have been Barack’s puppet masters for almost 8 years now. The whole giving of the State Department to Hillary was just a political deal to keep Hill The Pill off Barack’s back for 4 years. Just like Bill and Hill Barack is just part of the entourage who spend more time in the fantasyland of Hollywood than they do anywhere else in America. Barack has been grooming himself, at the expense of The Presidency of the United States of America, on his after-career as some kind of “celebrity,” faux celebrity, deadender, etc. He is “famous” — just like so many of the Hollywood crowd — for doing nothing.

  15. pat says:

    if 1 person would have had a concealed weapon (with permit) we would have never have heard of this…

    • Brad says:

      In some states it is left up to the church to allow people to carry concealed on the premises. This pastor and church did not allow concealed carry. We saw the worst result of that decision.

  16. pat says:

    these types of things doesn’t happen in other advanced countries…get a clue…get these dumb kids off of the drugs and into some sort of program…like basic training….

  17. portlandmike says:

    20,000 people commit suicide with guns in the US every year. About one a state every day of the year.

  18. Laurie Wise says:

    After hearing the initial news reports on the radio…..what comes next? I have to agree with Ben Dover.

  19. Ben Dover says:

    Dancing on the coffins to see if they can gin up an emotional knee jerk political outcome on an issue they have consistently lost politically and an argument they have consistently lost as a logical debate.

    Beyond disgusting.

  20. Thomas says:

    I will give my guns if the secret service does first.

  21. “We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that, once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun,”

    If the liberals were really worried about the safety of Americans, they would be trying to keep the illegals out instead of encouraging them. They would also be trying to disarm government. In the twentieth century, 166 MILLION innocent people were murdered by their own government. Criminals haven’t come close to that number.

  22. Why doesn’t Obama express the same sentiments EVERY WEEKEND when SCORES of people (including innocents) are shot with ILLEGALLY obtained guns in Chicago and New York? Oh, that’s right. Doesn’t fit the narrative. Those are mostly Black on black, or minority on minority.

  23. Commonlogic says:

    Kiefer Sutherland? Spare me the feigned outrage and push for more gun control from the like of these. One who made a fortune off 24 where there was a gun going off every few seconds.

  24. smerdlap says:

    Thanks for detailing all the invitees–makes it so much easier to avoid their ‘work’ going forward!

  25. Russ Taylor says:

    I wish the president could talk to the rest of us, without us having to pay an expensive fee to an invitation only event.

    • Ira Snowfeld. says:

      Putin talks to his citizens for hours in open question and answer sessions. It’s just him and a crowd of people for hours and hours. Probably one of the reasons his ratings are so high. Our president..he’s all about money (for everyone except the people of the United States).

  26. PeggySue says:

    By the way, the Colombine killers purchased gun parts over the internet and assembled them in one of their garages. Gun control is useless. We can get anything we want on the internet. We need different leaders in this country.

  27. EnoughIsEnough says:

    All while Obama refused to fully investigate Fast and Furious which armed drug cartels with military grade weapons… Hypocrite

    • Reginald Hafner says:

      You cannot purchase the lower receiver over the internet without going through a licensed firearms dealer and passing a background check.

  28. PeggySue says:

    Any other president would have gone to South Carolina and at least made an appearance expressing sadness and condolences to the people of that wonderful city. His is too arrogant and too busy going to Hollywood “fundraising” and play in golf. His typical M.O. Can’t wait for this P.O.S. to be gone for good.

  29. B.D says:

    The President give a speech of sadness and outrage. Then

    Fly’s to Fundraisers
    Then for Golf in Palm Springs coming up.

    US Citizen is behead. Then
    He goes to play golf.

    Ambassador and others killed in Bengazi. Then
    He tells a crowd the next day We had a bad day yesterday.


    Just running. Out the clock.

    No speech when many are killed Chicago every weekend. With the toughest gun laws.

    I do not own a gun.

  30. Politics are hilarious to watch when you don’t have a dog in the fight. The right is appalled by the left, “using the Charleston Massacre to push their gun control agenda.” The left could easily argue that the right is, “using the Charleston Massacre to attack the President” if they haven’t already. It seems I don’t have any liberal fanatics on my time line like I overwhelmingly do conservative ones so I miss that portion of the show and can’t bare/bear (?) to watch msnbc to hear that side’s rhetoric. Both sides need to realize that the nutty faction of each side, spew their far right/left views louder than anyone to piss off the other side and it works. The thing is no one hears it positively except for the ones who have already chosen sides and that’s what’s hilarious to me. The most vocal extremist on each side ultimately are preaching to the choir and scaring the fence sitters away from the whole process in most cases while the ones who finally caught on that it’s just a shit show, where the winner is determined by who spends the most money in battleground states. So with an election coming up in 2016, sit back and enjoy the show. Until money stops becoming the deciding factor in elections and the law making process, that’s all it is. A show.

    Stanhope, 2016
    The 3rd Party

  31. Sheldon Brand says:

    I’m sure the President is hopeful that he can convince the more responsible people in the industry of the need to end violent scenes in our movies. Hopefully, we will soon see the last of firearms being used in movies as well. Sure.

  32. Christopher Bowen says:

    I wonder if anyone brought up the FACT that according to FBI statistics that even though there are 5 times as many whites as blacks, that 52% of all murders in the US are committed by blacks, and 40 times as many homocides black on white as there are white on black?

  33. WILLIAMPENN says:

    Because celebrities are experts on EVERYTHING!

  34. gomoney says:

    Good grief. If this clown is looking to his Hollywood cronies for advice, guidance or inspiration he’s even dumber than I thought! Taking advice from Hollywood would be about like taking advice from Charles Manson on how to deal with a teenagers!
    Geez, Obama is rapidly starting to make George W look like Einstein!

  35. streefighter says:

    I wonder if Obama will address his hypocrisy and duplicity? His policies and his premature statements incite racial division and animosity. He is by far the most divisive President we have ever had. By his standards, that he set forth upon his Inauguration, he is a complete failure, Complete failure.

  36. raffaro says:

    The psychopaths in hollywood believe that depicting violence is what is mainstream America is all about, when in fact the majority of Americans will never see, hear or be victimized or violated, except at the theater!
    Obuma watches to many Movies and chooms too much to understand the reality of Americana!

  37. Brandon Boggs says:

    President Obama is the U.S version of Nero. The country is burning from inside out and instead of leading the country and trying to save it he is making a mockery of it and wants all the focus on himself. He should be called president “zero” because he practically has not been there and when he has been he has ruined everything :(

  38. Lummi says:

    Obama only “consults” with the likes of his ultra-rich, slobbering sycophants in Hollywood, and then stupidly believes that they represent the opinions of average Americans, most of whom he holds in contempt. He blabbers about gun related crime, while releasing thousands of illegal alien murderers, rapists, robbers, drug dealers, etc to continue preying on the rest of us.

  39. Brandon Boggs says:

    It’s pretty sad that if you just had a ton of money you could sit down and talk to Obana, personally, about legislation. This country is totally screwed up. Those whack jobs are able to suggest things to him that normal, broke Americans definately would not agree with. Broke Americans don’t get these luxuries and we don’t have a voice…sick

  40. Leo says:

    Out here in flyover country, we notice that Obama lies, lies even when the truth would work better.

  41. xminusone says:

    I certainly want King Putt and a bunch of Hollyweird bottom feeders to tell me whether or not I can exercise my Second Amendment rights to protect myself and my family. Hah! Fat chance!

  42. Robert Blum says:

    Hollywood would become an historical postscript if the movies were void of sex, violence and monetary greed.

  43. ShifoBrains says:

    the collective IQ in those rooms must be 10, but i’m shocked all those egos could fit together anywhere

  44. So tell me why Obama, talks about this gun shooting spree in the USA, but not in other civilized countries, blah blah BS. This mass murder spree has happened in many countries, he mentioned, and WHAT HE DOESN’T MENTION TO THESE HOLLYWOOD INSTIGATORS IS THAT THEY HAVE GUNS IN EVERY TV SHOW, IN EVERY ACTION MOVIE, WHERE THE ACTORS USE THERE GUNS LIKE IT IS A SEXUAL PLEASURE MACHINE IN THEIR HANDS, GRIPPING IT WITH TWO HANDS, JUST WAITING FOR THAT MOMENT TO KILL.

  45. Allan Szast says:

    Idiot takes advice from a system that glorifies gun violence, kinda like
    dr. ruth taking sex advice from a rapist.

  46. pixxa says:

    These people must know, while they sit there and listen to him, that he’s factually incorrect. Why doesn’t anybody ever say so to his face?

    • Brandon Boggs says:

      Because they wouldnt make that public. I’m sure people have but the media and the FEDs will silence you very quickly.

  47. thehobbit7 says:

    How many people has Keifer Sutherland shot while acting in a movie or TV show?

  48. gib says:

    I think it was Bozos wife who robbed the red robbin.

  49. well I guess I just stopped watching big bang theory , Lorre IS A KISS ASS DEMORAT

  50. Fred Stirling says:

    Presidente Oblamo gave this short speech on BSNBC this morning: “Weeeelll folks, it looks like I must lead by example, so I am doing away with all of MY SS agents and their machine guns..there will be no armed guards around ME from now on!! Also, NO F-16s accompanying me on my next 200 golf trips either!!. Furthermore, I will put this sign up in the front yard of the house I rent: “Gun-Free White House”. I will lead by example.

    • Obama’s children are protected by armed men and women. He is adamant that this can’t help our children though, insisting that they remain vulnerable as long as they are in public schools

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