The president addressing community members in the latest massacre of American innocents caused by private ownership of semi-automatic weapons:
In the coming weeks, I’ll use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens, from law enforcement, to mental health professionals, to parents and educators, in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this, because what choice do we have? We can’t accept events like this as routine.
Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard?
Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?
His answer to those two questions, presumably, is No, and his prognosis is some practical steps to keep weapons out of the hands of homicidal maniacs. We’ll see. Full speech: