Obama condemns ‘routine’ school shooting in the US

SansadTV Bureau
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United States is reeling under the shock of another deadly shooting at a school that left at least 10 people dead and another 20 injured. A gunman went on a horrific shooting spree before he was shot dead by police, in yet another carnage that prompted President Barack Obama to outrage over lax gun control laws in the country.

The gunman went on from one classroom to another and opened fire at the Umpqua Community College in rural Roseburg, about 180 miles south of Portland, the capital of Oregon.

The guman was later identified as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer by the local media. Eye-witnesses said that he allegedly targeted Christians.

“It’s been a terrible day, Certainly this is a huge shock to our community,” said John Hanlin, Sheriff of Douglas County.

“I will not name the shooter. I will not give him the credit he probably sought prior to this horrific and cowardly act,” added Hamlin.

The incident again brought to the fore, the lax gun control laws in the US.

After the incident was reported, President Obama made an angry statement putting forth his frustration at not being able to convince the Republican-majority Congress to bring about stringent gun control laws. An angry Obama lashed out, saying “our” thoughts and prayers are not enough.

“It’s not enough. It does not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel. And it does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America — next week, or a couple of months from now,” he told press at the White House.

In the last seven years, Obama has addressed the nation more than a dozen times on nine different shooting attacks.

“Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine, the conversation in the aftermath of it. We’ve become numb to this,” Obama said.

Obama condemned the attack and said that anybody who does this “has a sickness in their minds…But we are not the only country on Earth that has people with mental illnesses or want to do harm to other people. We are the only advanced country on Earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months”.

Earlier authorities had said that 13 people had died, but later confirmed the death toll to stand at 10, including the gunman.

A series of shootings rocked the US in the recent past, including the ones at Charleston church, Sandy Hook school and Oak creek Gurdwara.

(With inputs from PTI)