Obama Calls For New Gun Laws, Cites Australia's Success (Video)

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President Obama spoke out on the mass shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, on Oct. 1 that claimed the lives of 10 people, and injured seven more (video below).

Obama acknowledged the victims and their families, thanked the brave first responders and offered help for Roseburg "as long as they need."

Obama later added:

And America will wrap everyone who’s grieving with our prayers and our love. But as I said just a few months ago, and I said a few months before that, and I said each time we see one of these mass shootings, our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It’s not enough.

The president later stated, "We are the only advanced country on Earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months."

He noted how Great Britain and Australia have passed guns laws after one mass shooting and "have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings."

The Huffington Post reported in August that after Australia passed its nationwide gun law in 1996, following a mass shooting, there have not been anymore such shootings.

Obama went on to say:

I would ask news organizations, because I won't put these facts forward, have news organizations tally up the number of Americans who’ve been killed through terrorist attacks over the last decade and the number of Americans who’ve been killed by gun violence, and post those side-by-side on your news reports.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 33,636 people died from firearms in 2013.

Newsweek reports that 2,977 people died in 9/11, and a study by the New America Foundation lists 74 total homegrown terrorist attacks since 9/11, which is a total of 3051 American deaths from terrorist attacks.

Obama also took a veiled swipe at gun organizations such as NRA:

And I would particularly ask America’s gun owners, who are using those guns properly, safely, to hunt, for sport, for protecting their families, to think about whether your views are properly being represented by the organization that suggests it's speaking for you.

And each time this happens I'm going to bring this up. Each time this happens I am going to say that we can actually do something about it, but we're going to have to change our laws.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control, New America Foundation, Newsweek, The Huffington Post / Photo Credit: CNN Screenshot