Obama: America Needs Some “Soul Searching”
“All of us are heart-broken by what happened,” Obama told reporters at the White House a day after an alleged white supremacist opened fire on Sikh worshipers, murdering six before he was fatally shot by a police officer.
President Obama, however, did not commit to pushing for gun legislation to curb gun violence, only saying he wanted to bring together members of the community to explore options.
Last month in a speech at a speech in New Orleans, Obama said he would work to “arrive at a consensus” after the mass murders in Colorado.
“All of us recognize that these kinds of terrible, tragic events are happening with too much regularity for us not to do some soul searching to examine additional ways that we can reduce violence,” Obama said at an Oval Office ceremony.
He added, “As I’ve already said, there are a lot of elements involved in it.”
President Obama has made it clear that, although he’s in favor of extending the assault rifle ban, he still supports the second amendment.
President Obama also addressed the impact it would have on America if the suspected shooter was indeed a white supremacist who was motivated by hate.
“It would be very important for us to reaffirm once again that in this country, regardless of what we look like, where we come from, who we worship, we are all one people,” he said.
Police have said that the shooter, Wade Michael Page, an army veteran, was also a member of a white supremacist band.
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