“Yesterday I went to Oregon to visit with the families of the people who had been shot at this community college,” Obama said, noting that on the same day he met with them there were two more shootings in Arizona and Texas.
The president spoke about the families’ heartbreak. “Some of these families were trying to process their 18-year-old child who they had invested their lives in” being gone, Obama said. “That first week of college they were taken.”
But he quickly turned to politics, saying that living with gun violence was a “choice” the nation was making. The problem isn’t just mass shootings, he said, but the gun violence that infects many of the country’s poorer neighborhoods, where “it is easier to buy a gun than buy a book.”