(POLITICO) The best way to memorialize the 12 killed at the Navy Yard massacre, President Barack Obama said Sunday, is by enacting the new gun control laws he seeks.
Speaking at a memorial service at the Marine Barracks in Southeast D.C., Obama said Monday’s shootings, along with the other gun massacres during his presidency, “ought to lead to some sort of transformation” like those that have taken place in other nations that have restricted access to guns in the wake of mass shootings.
“Our tears are not enough. Our words and our prayers are not enough,” Obama said. “If we really want to honor these 12 men and women, if we really want to be a country where we can go to work, go to school and walk our streets free from senseless violence without so many lives being stolen with a bullet from a gun, then we’re going to have to change.”
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