To top off the irony, Obama was in Paris when he made these comments about mass shootings. He was talking in the context of the three who were shot and killed at a Planned Parenthood building in Colorado. According to him, mass shootings like the one in Colorado “just don’t happen in other countries.”
In response to a question about the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado, President Obama went back to a familiar talking point, claiming mass shootings are unique to America.
“I say this every time we have one of these mass shootings. This just doesn’t happen in other countries,” he said during a press conference in Paris today.
Obama followed up his statement acknowledging that America was “rightly determined to prevent terrorist attacks wherever they occur” but seemed to separate the two events in his mind.
He argued that since the United States was determined to fight terrorism, it was important for Americans to demand more gun control as well.
“We devote enormous resources, and properly so, to rooting out networks and debilitating organizations like ISIL and maintaining the intelligence and improving the information sharing that can identify those who would try to kill innocent people,” he said. “And yet, in the United States, we have the power to do more to prevent what is just a regular process of gun homicides.”
He urged Congress and State and local governments to make changes on gun laws to prevent people who were “deranged” or had “violent tendencies” from killing in the United States.
Mind you, he was in Paris when he said this. Paris had just been rocked a couple weeks prior in the terrorist attack that killed some 130 people. I guess he’s not classifying that as a mass shooting. Perhaps that was only “workplace violence?”
I don’t know what he thinks it was, but the reason that other countries don’t have mass shootings is that they have strict gun control laws, according to Obama. If only the U.S. would follow suit and crack down on guns. Then, maybe we’d end up with mass shootings that yield hundreds of victims, instead of just dozens.