Obama After Pittsburgh Shooting: We Have to Stop Making it So Easy for People Who Want to Harm Innocents to Get a Gun
Hours after the deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh area synagogue, former President Barack Obama said it is time to stop making it so easy for people who want to harm others to get a gun.
Obama started off his Twitter statement on Saturday by calling for Americans to fight “the rise of anti-Semitism and hateful rhetoric against those who look, love, or pray differently.”
Then, he wrote this: “And we have to stop making it so easy for those who want to harm the innocent to get their hands on a gun.”
We grieve for the Americans murdered in Pittsburgh. All of us have to fight the rise of anti-Semitism and hateful rhetoric against those who look, love, or pray differently. And we have to stop making it so easy for those who want to harm the innocent to get their hands on a gun.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 27, 2018
Obama’s comments come on the same day as President Donald Trump suggested that the Pittsburgh massacre had little to do with gun laws.
“If they had some kind of a protection inside the temple maybe it could have been a very much different situation,” Trump told reporters Saturday afternoon. “They didn’t and he was able to do things that unfortunately he shouldn’t have been able to do.”
The suspect in the Pittsburgh massacre, Robert Bowers, who owned multiple weapons, walked into the synagogue Saturday morning and opened fire. A total of 11 persons were murdered.
Bowers is currently hospitalized and in police custody.
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