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Obama On Kalamazoo: 'We Need To Do More' To Fight Gun Violence

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 22/02/2016 Mollie Reilly
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President Barack Obama once again urged lawmakers to take action on gun violence, following the mass shooting in Kalamazoo, Michigan

"We need to do more if we're  going to keep innocent Americans  safe," Obama said while addressing the National Governors Association on Monday. "I 've got to assume that all of you are just tired as I  am of seeing this stuff  happen in your states. So, that's an area where we also need to partner and think about what we can  do in a common sense way, in a  bipartisan way without some of  the ideological rhetoric that  so often surrounds that issue."

On Saturday, a man allegedly shot and killed six people and critically injured two others in what police believe was a random spree. 

"What it looks like, is we have somebody just driving around finding people and shooting them dead in their tracks," Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas told CNN

The shooting in Kalamazoo is just one of many Obama has addressed during his time in office. Each time, the president has pressed Congress to bolster existing gun legislation -- something lawmakers have repeatedly failed to do.

"This is not normal," Obama wrote after the Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting last year. "We can’t let it become normal. If we truly care about this -- if we’re going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience -- then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them. Period. Enough is enough."

Earlier this year, Obama announced he will take the issue into his own hands and will instead pursue the long-stalled gun control proposals through executive action.

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