President Obama on Thursday expressed his sorrow about the shooting at a historic black church in Charleston that left nine people dead on Wednesday, and he said the American government has the power to address gun violence.
Obama lamented that "someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun."
He said that violence of this nature "doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency." He noted that lawmakers in Washington, D.C., were not likely to address gun violence in the near future, but said that the country must "shift how we think about the issue of gun violence collectively."
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