President Obama Says Navy Yard Shooting Shows Need for Tighter Gun Background Checks (Video)


When asked recently about the mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C., President Obama said this latest gun massacre, which killed 12 people, proves again that “we do not have a firm enough background check system” for gun buyers.

According to, Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart asked Obama: “Are we condemned, in this country, to live in a country where massacres are just part and parcel of our daily existence?”

“Well, we don’t have to be. And the overwhelming majority of the American people understand that there’s some common sense gun safety laws that we can put in place that could prevent some of this tragedy from happening,” said Obama.

"It's not going to prevent all violence, it's not going to prevent all gun violence, but initial reports indicate that this is an individual who may have had some mental health problems. The fact that we do not have a firm enough background check system is something that makes us more vulnerable to these kinds of mass shootings.”

Obama also mentioned that a recent UN report backed up his administration's claims that the Syrian government is using chemical weapons.

The president added that he is ready to sign a comprehensive immigration reform bill, but Speaker John Boehner refusing to bring it up for a vote in the House, "What's stopping him from bringing up this bill?"



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