Obama gave a speech at the memorial service for those unarmed, defenseless military personnel who lost their lives during a murder spree at the Navy Yard in D.C. Despite the strictest of gun laws, Alexis was able to obtain a shotgun that he used to take out two security guards whose pistols Alexis took and used on his other victims.
Obama said that these types of incidents are supposed to “shock” and “obsess” us into “doing something” about gun violence:
“It ought to be a shock to all of us, it ought to obsess us. It ought to lead to some sort of transformation… Our tears are not enough. Our words and our prayers are not enough. If we really want to honor these 12 men and women, if we really want to be a country where we can go to work and go to school and walk our streets free from senseless violence without so many lives being stolen by a bullet from a gun, then we’re going to have to change. [But] nothing happens. Alongside the anguish of these American families, alongside the accumulated outrage so many of us feel, sometimes I fear there is a creeping resignation that these tragedies are just somehow the way it is, that this is somehow the new normal. We cannot accept this. As Americans bound in grief and love, we must insist here today there is nothing normal about innocent men and women being gunned down where they work.”
Let me take a stab at translating this:
“We depend on these incidents to elicit a certain reaction from the people. A reaction of fear. And that’s best achieved through our own media obsessing over the type of gun that the particular shooter used. The more that people associate guns with death, the better. Yes, it’s true that the shooter in this case didn’t actually use an assault rifle. He used a shotgun. But sometimes you’ve got to lie a little to get what you want. You’ve got to cheat to win.
Believe me, it’s for the greater good. We’ve been trying for years to brainwash people into being more and more afraid of guns by creating the problem ourselves, using these incidents to our advantage to elicit a reaction of fear and then offering our ‘solution.’ That’s the way we’ve always done things. But it just wasn’t progressing like we wanted it to.
And certainly not fast enough. There’s a reason that ‘stand down’ order was given to the SWAT team, if you know what I mean. Even though they were right there ready to intervene and prevent those deaths from occurring, we couldn’t let that happen. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Those 12 innocent people who lost their lives during this operation mass shooting are to be commended for their sacrifice. It’s unfortunate that they had to go this way, but they were sacrifices I was willing to make in order for this country to be free from guns once and for all.
The best thing you can do as Americans is to completely submit to the media’s fear manipulation. Let them do what they do best, and that is molding your opinions for you. Be scared. Be very scared of guns. If you see a fellow serf citizen carrying one, call the police. Obsess over it night and day. Express your outrage to your elected representatives until they legislate these war machines out of existence. And remember, your children’s and your grandchildren’s lives depend on it.”
Something like that.