Oregon governor Kate Brown spoke at a police presser today, where she lamented the shooting that left ten dead at Umpqua Community College, while also giving thanks to the first responders.
Brown said in her speech that there was no single solution to address the increased frequency of violence in this country, but the nation must try harder to find measures to prevent it.
“Oregon has worked continuously to prevent these kind of tragedies,” Brown said, “but they continue to happen here and across the nation, and it is going to keep happening until we decide we want them to stop.”
As she went on, Brown said that the best way to help Douglas County right now was by taking time to show respect and kindness in honor of the lost life. While multiple people, including President Obama, have renewed the discussions of whether more gun control is the answer, Brown said that now was not the time to be making things political.
“This is a conversation that we will have, but today is not the day,” Brown said. “Today we must be focused on providing support and condolences and help this community heal…one person’s deranged act may have broken all of our hearts, but he cannot prevent our hearts from growing back bigger and stronger and more committed to the Oregon that we all love.”
You can watch the governor’s speech in the video above:
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