Barack Obama on Charleston Shooting: 'I Refuse to Act as If This is the New Normal'

Declaring that he refused to “act as if this is the new normal”, President Barack Obama on Friday called for a national moment of soul-searching over gun violence, in his second statement in as many days on Wednesday’s mass shooting inside a church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Obama said in an afternoon appearance at a national conference of mayors in San Francisco, “More than 11,000 Americans were killed by gun violence in 2013 alone.” “If Congress had passed some commonsense legislation after Newtown, after a group of children had been gunned down in their own classroom, reforms that 90% of the American people supported … we might still have more Americans with us.”