A day after meeting with families of the victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon, President Barack Obama continued his push for gun control in remarks at two Democratic fundraisers in L.A. according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“Yesterday, I went to Oregon to visit with the families of the people who had been shot at this community college,” Obama told the crowd gathered at a DNC concert fundraiser in the Pacific Palisades on Saturday. The president noted that on that same day, there were two more shootings in Arizona and Texas, according to a pool report.
“Some of these families were trying to process their 18-year-old child, who they had invested their lives in,” being gone, Obama said. “That first week of college, they were taken,” Obama said.
He said that “there were some folks who were protesting about their Second Amendment rights as they understood them.” But Obama described the reaction in the town as “overwhelmingly” one of “shock and grief.”
“I came away feeling just as strongly as I did the day it happened…this is a choice we make,” Obama said. “This is not inevitable.”
“It’s not just mass shootings,” the president said. “It is the daily shootings that take place in cities across America. It is easier to buy a gun than buy a book,” Obama said, referring to the lack of bookstores in low-income areas.
According to the Hollywood Reporter the president “noted that the politics around the gun issue and the country’s elected officials in Congress would have to change for there to be real progress on the gun issue.”