Obama On Jeb’s ‘Stuff Happens’ Remark: I Don’t Even ‘Have To React To That One’

Just minutes after reports that former Gov. Jeb Bush said “stuff happens” in response to a question about gun control and the Oregon college massacre, President Obama shot down the comment in a live press conference.

“I don’t even think I have to react to that one,” Obama said when asked for his reaction. “I think the American people should hear that and make their own judgments based on the fact that every couple of months we have a mass shooting.”

Obama continued: “They can decide whether they consider that ‘stuff’ happening.”

After the shooting at Umpqua Community College left 10 dead yesterday, Obama issued a forceful call for congressional action on gun control, saying “this is something we should politicize.”

Watch Obama’s full answer:

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