President Obama’s remarks after mass shooting sparks renewed debate over gun control laws

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SALT LAKE CITY -- In response to the mass shooting in Oregon Thursday, President Barack Obama had some harsh words for those opposing new gun control laws.

“We’ve become numb to this,” Obama said. “There is a gun for roughly every man, woman and child in America. So, how can you, with a straight face, make the argument that more guns will make us safer?”

The President expressed his frustration over failed attempts at tightening gun laws in the past, stating Thursday that sending prayers and thoughts to victims was no longer good enough. He criticized lawmakers who have blocked his efforts to do more.

“We need more guns, they’ll argue,” Obama said. “Fewer gun safety laws. Does anybody really believe that?”

In Utah, many do.

“This is nothing new from this president. He tries time and time again to put up gun laws that would have done nothing to prevent this kind of thing,” said Clark Aposhian, chairman of the Utah Shooting Sports Council.

State law allows anyone over the age of 21 to carry a concealed weapon in schools and on college campuses as long as they obtain the proper permit. It’s a right that Aposhian believes has likely deterred crime and prevented the kinds of shootings seen elsewhere.

“It’s not going to stop someone bent on violence in going to a school or university from starting,” Aposhian said. “However, our ability for our students, staff and faculty to carry firearms in lawful self-defense may very well deter or mitigate how long he’s able to carry that out.”

6 comments

  • Andrew

    Thus is the most useless human in the planet. What a joke! How about allowing guns on campus so we can defend ourselves against these crazies?

  • ANOTHERBOB

    Obama comes from Chicago where they have tough gun laws and nobody ever gets shot. (Sarcasm for liberals who just don’t get it.)

  • Cornelius

    Knock it off, Obama. If there is a gun for every man woman and child in this country, give me a logical explanation of why the murderer was the only one in the area with a gun. It’s because you and your friends have done your best to create mass killing zones under the guise of gun free zones. Not a single person there had the proper ability to defend themselves and had to wait for the police to get there and engage the suspect. I’m guessing there weren’t many murders once bullets started flying back towards this sorry excuse for a human being.

  • Apologist JD

    “So, how can you, with a straight face, make the argument that more guns will make us safer?”
    Well, Mr. President, the guns clearly weren’t where they needed to be on this one, were they? This is why these things keep happening on the left coast. Ask any law enforcement officer what causes active shooters to stop killing. It’s encountering armed resistance. I hear the police responded quickly and that’s good, but what if 1 in 5 students were carrying that day? How many injuries and deaths would we be talking about? Notice nobody ever shot up an NRA convention!

  • ANOTHERBOB

    Just concentrate on the US Constitution – 2nd Amendment Mr. Obama. Unfortunately for the week kneed liberals who think the police can save them the US Supreme Court told them to take a hike.

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