In the wake of yet another mass shooting, this time at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, President Barack Obama gave a fiery, frustrated address over how common these tragedies are and the lackluster response from lawmakers.
“And what’s become routine, of course, is the response of those who oppose any kind of common-sense gun legislation,” Obama said on Oct. 1, according to the New York Times. “Right now, I can imagine the press releases being cranked out. ‘We need more guns,’ they’ll argue. ‘Fewer gun-safety laws.’ Does anybody really believe that?”
His comments were bashed by former Republican Rep. Allen West of Florida, who wrote in a blog post that Americans are tired of calls for gun control.
“This is not about new ‘gun safety’ laws,” West wrote on Oct. 2, according to The Hill. "Guns have a safety mechanism on them. And for responsible gun owners, there are gun safety courses that advance individual firearm confidence and proficiency.”
He went on to criticize Obama personally. “It’s not that we’ve become numb to these shootings and incidents – we are numb to your cherry-picking and ideological bent on every issue,” he wrote.
“Maybe instead of rants about gun safety laws, we should assess how we eliminate gun free zones where human safety is placed at a disadvantage,” West added.
West wasn’t the only Republican to take aim at Obama after his Oct. 1 speech. The Hill reports Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani went on Fox News the next day and said, “I think the president has very little knowledge of what causes crime or how to reduce crime.”
“The reality is gun control laws control the behavior of legitimate people,” Giuliani added. "People who rob stores, people who rob banks and people who are insane and want to go ahead and murder people don’t follow the gun control laws.”
Obama, however, promised to be relentless on the issue.
“Each time this happens, I’m going to bring this up,” he said during his speech. “Each time this happens, I’m going to say that we can actually do something about it.”