It takes a cycle that even the President is sick of.
After entering South Carolina’s iconic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and sitting down for service, 21-year-old suspect Dylann Roof opened fire, killing 9 people that were simply there to worship. Speaking candidly about the attack President Obama addressed the deadly shooting while sending a
not so subtle reminder about the role that gun violence has played in this nation’s history.
Said Obama, “I’ve had to make statements like these too many times. Communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times….Innocent people were killed in part because someone wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun. We as a county will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.”
He later added, “The fact that this took place in a Black church obviously also raises questions about a dark part of our history.”
Read the speech in full here.