Obama Calms America With Passionate Gun Control Rallying Cry

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In the wake of a mass shooting at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, that left 10 people including a police officer dead, former President Barack Obama has issued a statement on Twitter calling out “cowardly politicians” for failing to meaningfully act to stop gun violence in America. Republican leaders routinely offer long-winded defenses of possession of substantial firepower on the part of everyday Americans, but the reality is that weapons that go well beyond self-defense and hunting consistently drive horrifying mass shootings across the country.

Saying that he and former First Lady Michelle Obama “grieve with the families of the victims of the shooting in Boulder, just as we grieve with the families of the people killed in Atlanta and everyone else who has lost a loved one to gun violence,” the former president commented as follows:

‘In so many ways, our lives may soon start to return to normal after a long, difficult year filled with so much loss. But in a normal life, we should be able to buy groceries without fear. We should be able to go to school, or go out with our friends, or worship together without mentally planning our escape if someone shows up with a gun. We should be able to live our lives without wondering if the next trip outside our home could be our last. We should. But in America, we can’t.’

Obama continued by pointing to the failures of “cowardly politicians.” As he put it:

‘It is long past time for those with the power to fight this epidemic of gun violence to do so… [We] can make it harder for those with hate in their hearts to buy weapons of war. We can overcome opposition by cowardly politicians and the pressure of a gun lobby that opposes any limit on the ability of anyone to assemble an arsenal. We can, and we must.’

Check out the former president’s full statement by clicking on the post below:

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) pledged on Tuesday that he would “bring universal background checks legislation to the Senate floor,” although it’s unclear what fate that the legislation might meet.

Check out Twitter’s response to Obama below:

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