President Obama, reacting to Thursday’s mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., said “somehow this has become routine,” but said change won’t happen until gun laws are strengthened.
“Each time this happens, I am going to say, ‘We’re going to have to do something about it,’ but we have got to change our laws,” Obama, appearing angry and frustrated, said in making a statement at the White House.
“Someone somewhere, will say ‘Obama politicized this issue,'” Obama said. “This is something we should politicize. This is a political choice that we make, to allow this to happen every few months in America.”
He called on voters to take a candidates’ position on gun laws into account when making their voting decisions.
“We’ve become numb to this,” he continued.
Legislation to expand background checks and close the so-called “gun show” loophole has stalled out in Congress, and, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in 2012, proposals to strengthen gun laws never made it to the floor of the Senate for a vote.
Obama also said that Congress also is blocking data collection “on how we can potentially reduce gun deaths.”
According to CBS News’ Mark Knoller, this was the 15th time that Obama has made remarks following a shooting since he became president.