Obama: Federal Support For Kalamazoo Victims And Police

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
President Barack Obama.President Barack Obama.

After an apparently random mass shooting on Feb. 20 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, which left six people dead and two wounded, President Barack Obama once again reiterated that more needs to be done to curb gun violence, The Huffington Post reported.

"We need to do more if we're going to keep innocent Americans safe,” Obama told the National Governors Association on Feb. 22. "I've got to assume that all of you are just tired as I am of seeing this stuff happen in your states. So, that's an area where we also need to partner and think about what we can do in a common sense way, in a bipartisan way without some of the ideological rhetoric that so often surrounds that issue.”

Obama has raised the issue of gun violence repeatedly throughout his presidency and in January he issued an executive action on gun control that would close gun purchasing loopholes, improve background checks and increasing funding for mental health care. 

Obama praised local officials and first responders in Kalamazoo for addressing the recent mass shooting and, according to ABC News, he pledged federal support for victims and their families. He said he called Kalamazoo’s mayor, sheriff and police chief pledging whatever federal support they needed. 

“Their local officials and first responders, by the way, did an outstanding job in apprehending the individual very quickly, but you got families who are shattered today,” Obama said.

The alleged Kalamazoo shooter, 45-year-old Uber driver Jason Dalton, was arrested after the apparently random rampage. He has been charged with six counts of murder, two counts of assault with intent to commit murder and eight charges of using a firearm during the commission of a felony, Kalamazoo County prosecuting attorney Jeff Getting told ABC News in a separate story.

"The Kalamazoo community is reeling from these senseless acts of violence that took so many innocent lives from us," Getting said in a statement on Feb. 22. "Our hearts are saddened for all of the victims, their families and friends who are dealing with this on a much more personal level.”

Sources: The Huffington Post, ABC News (2) / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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