9,948 Americans Killed by Gun Violence in 2015

9,948 Americans Killed  by Gun Violence in 2015 9,948 Americans Killed  by Gun Violence in 2015

US President Barack Obama voiced his anger and sadness after the country’s latest deadly shooting, this time at an Oregon community college, and made another impassioned plea for gun control legislation.

“There has been another mass shooting in America,” a stony-faced Obama said in reaction to the shooting by a male gunman at Umpqua Community College in rural Roseburg, which left 10 people dead, AFP reported.

“Somehow this has become routine,” said the president. “We become numb to this.”

“The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine,” said the president, making his 15th statement on a mass shooting since taking office in 2009.

“And what’s become routine, of course, is the response of those who oppose any kind of common sense gun legislation.”

Obama reiterated his frustration at the failure of the Republican-controlled Congress to back new gun control measures, and threw down the gauntlet to lawmakers.

“Prayers are not enough,” he said. “We can actually do something about it, but we’re going to have to change our laws.”

“This is a political choice we make,” Obama said. “This is not something I can do myself. I have to have a Congress and state legislatures and governors who are willing to work with me on this.”

“It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun.”

  Gun Violence Vs. Terrorist Attacks

A furious Obama called it a “shameful day for Washington,” placing the blame squarely on the powerful US gun lobby.

Obama also called the US media to account, asking them to set the human cost of gun violence side by side with the–far lower–number of people killed in terrorist attacks.

The United States has the highest number of firearms per capita of the developed world, with close to 89 guns in circulation per 100 people–without counting police and military weaponry.

It’s incontrovertibly true that more people in America die from gun violence each year than die from terrorism.

let’s take a look at data compiled by the Global Terrorism Database at the University of Maryland. It estimates that 18 people died in terror attacks in the United States last year–of the 3,521 total between 1970 and 2014.

By comparison, the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive figures that 9,948 people have been killed by gun violence so far in 2015.

  It Doesn’t Make Sense

Beyond the political class, the president appealed directly to the public–voicing hope that perhaps this shooting could be the one that provokes a shift in mindset.

“When Americans are killed in mine disasters, we work to make mines safer. When Americans are killed in floods and hurricanes, we work to make communities safer,” Obama said.

“When roads are unsafe, we fix them. To reduce auto fatalities, we have seat belt laws because we know it saves lives.

“The notion that gun violence is somehow different, that our freedom and our constitution prohibits any modest regulation of how we use a deadly weapon... It doesn’t make sense.

“So tonight,” Obama said, “I’d ask the American people to think about how they can get our government to change these laws.