Skip to comments.Obama: America needs "soul searching" on gun violence
Posted on 08/07/2012 4:57:06 AM PDT by IbJensen
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Monday that mass killings like the shooting rampage at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin were occurring with "too much regularity" and should prompt soul searching by all Americans, but he stopped short of calling for new gun-control laws.
"All of us are heart-broken by what happened," Obama told reporters at the White House a day after a gunman opened fire on Sikh worshippers preparing for religious services, killing six before he was shot dead by a police officer.
But when asked whether he would push for further gun-control measures in the wake of the shootings, Obama said only that he wanted to bring together leaders at all levels of American society to examine ways to curb gun violence.
That echoed his pledge last month in a speech in New Orleans to work broadly to "arrive at a consensus" on the contentious issue after a deadly Colorado shooting spree highlighted the problem in an election year.
But like his earlier comments, Obama offered no timetable or specifics for such discussions and did not call outright for tighter gun control laws.
Talk of reining in America's gun culture is considered politically risky for Obama, who is locked in a tight race against Republican challenger Mitt Romney for November election.
"All of us recognize that these kinds of terrible, tragic events are happening with too much regularity for us not to do some soul searching to examine additional ways that we can reduce violence," Obama said at an Oval Office ceremony to sign an unrelated bill.
But he added, "As I've already said, there are a lot of elements involved in it." The Democratic president has made a point of emphasizing his support for the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment, which covers the...
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What a load of crap from the King of Hypocrites! This president and his henchman, Eric Holder are singularly responsible for the MASS MURDER of thousands of Mexicans by deliberately running guns into Mexico with the express purpose of creating a crisis to disarm Americans of their 2nd Amendment rights.(Ever hear of Fast and Furious? Most likely not since the boot licking MSM continue to cover his pathetic, lying, @$$ )
0bama is so full of $#!t when he cries his crocodile tears on the outside while GLEEFUL on the inside that these false flag events are building a case for his UMPTEENTH unconstitutional Executive Order to disarm Americans by FORCE. Eye witnesses to both the Aurora, CO shooting AND this shooting identified MULTIPLE assailants, strangely, however all we ever hear about is The Lone Gunman. Wake UP Americans! The 2nd Amendment is NOT about hunting! Its about guarding our LIBERTIES against TREASONOUS, SEDITIOUS, CONSPIRATORS committing acts of TYRANNY in the name of security.
How about searching Neo-Nazi leftwing occupier minions of Obama? Excellent post.
>> President Barack Obama said on Monday that mass killings... should prompt soul searching by all Americans
So help the guy out — has anyone here seen Obama’s soul? I confess I never have.
I wonder if he searched between the sofa cushions.
Maybe he left it in Kenya.
Great assessment!! 0bama is the WORST president ever. Jimma Carta is dancing like a drunk in the street to be relieved of the “title” of the worst president ever. A one-termer if I ever saw one......but the damage done will take years to reverse.
I see FOX news has now adopted the right wing extremist meme.
Somebody needs to ask what is so right wing about national socialism.
I’ve done a lot of soul searching...
And Lo and Behold, I found what I was looking for...
I was wondering where I put that darn AR...Must have slipped muh mind...
When even FOX falls for the “right-wing Nazi” meme, we are way behind.
“As I’ve already said, there are a lot of elements involved in it.”
Yeah, you got that right...About 80 million elements...
And even if half don’t show up to oppose what you’d like to see happen...Hehehe, I sure do not want to be on the recieving end of that kind of resistance...
Ohhhhh, the huge-manateeeeee!!!
Over and out...
FOX is running to the left at this point. The most far right on air personality they have is Hannity and that isn’t saying much.
What we need to do is stop being whiney little bitches.
People have been killing each other since Cain and Able.
After decades of liberalism people have been taught that there is no right or wrong, that the death penalty is terrible but killing your baby is a choice, that you are not responsible for the way you are etc.
This whole debate is just a continuation of that. The gun is at fault. If only he could not have gotten that gun, or if only large capacity magazine had been banned or if only uincorns roamed the earth!
Stop it. There are bad, no, there are evil people out there.
No guns. How about driving a van full of explosives into the building? How about blocking the exits and firebombing it?
Sick evil people will always find a way to mass murder. Lets deal with them and not the various tools they can use.
America needs GOD Mr. President. America needs to turn BACK to the God of its founding and the God that Jefferson knew was the best way to STOP problems before they begin.
America does NOT have a GUN VIOLENCE problem...it does not have a RAPE problem and it does not have a DRUG problem it has a MORALITY problem.
You LYING liberal progressives ALWAYS want to make the issue about a thing...THAT WAY, you can ACT like you are riding in to save the day from a problem YOU created (more on that later) and REGULATE the THING and the actions surrounding it and more. It GROWS you government and forces your world view on everyone else. Then, you disgustingly call it freedom.
Listen you Marxist leftist scum of the left...YOU gave us this problem. YOU gave us the greatest amount of it. YES, we are ALL in this together, but I will call it as it is. YOUR gift to us all. To the liberal progressive there is NO GOD...there is NO MORALITY...there is NO ETHICS...there are NO ABSOLUTES. You know there can be no morality apart from a source external to man...IF man sets the morality it is then subject to man and his or her whimsy and more. In other words, subject to CHANGE and most often not for the better of all but the empowerment of a few.
Jefferson funded the bible to schools in America...WHY? How does your hero of the famed words "separation of Church and state" actually have the record of wanting the christian bible in the hands of all students in public schools? Because, you liars of this subject, he knew that morality steadfastly imparted to the young, held deep in their heart, gave them a sense of right and wrong that would overcome the human inclination to evil and solve a problem before it begins...READ, leftists progressives:
The precepts of the philosophy, and of the Hebrew code, laid hold of actions only. [Jesus] pushed his scrutinies into the heart of man, erected his tribunal in the region of his thoughts, and purified the waters at the fountain head. (Thomas Jefferson, Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellaneous, From the Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph, editor(Boston, Gray and Bowen, 1830), Vol. III, p.509, to Benjamin Rush on April 21, 1803, Jeffersons Syllabus of an Estimate of the Merit of the Doctrines of Jesus, Compared with Those of Others.)
If the polls showing the Usurper-in-Chief pulling away from Romney are skewed. Romney is looking better than ever when one contemplates 0bummer's diabolical plans for a 2nd term.
What is with this guy and “soul searching”? He said the same thing about Saint Trayvon. Just shut up, Obama. We all know you feel nothing if it doesn’t directly affect you.
Let the “soul-searching” begin in Chicago.
You bet and then be asking why the hell we have that man (assuming he is a man) in office. He MUST go!
If Obama is re-elected, Jan 1 he will issue a executive order outlawing semi-automatic weapons. He will use the previous “Asault Weapon Ban” as an excuse.
If any on the right would actually read the leftards websites they would find that beneath the surface of all those supposedly high minded peaceful white granny liberal politics of “niceness” they would find “gun nuts” with fantasies of what you picture, but replace said Chinese woman with hated right wing figure of the day. They are all the same, it is how they are trained on the Left, has been since Lenin. The Left is the Jim Jones cult writ large, idiots lured in by sad stories and promises of utopia bullied about by psychopaths with “guns.”
Yep. They just need to get rid of the Bitter Clingers, then it’s Full Speed to Utopia!
The “soul searching” you suggest, must be conducted outside the walls of your secularist religion.
Which SECULARIST TENANTS have contributed to the lack of respect for life?
Since you are obviously lost in the soul department, how about searching your university applications, transcripts, ‘08 campaign donor list, and Geithner’s emails defrauding the non-union workers at Delphi out of their retirement checks when you illegally nationalized the auto industry? There are plenty of things to search for before you miserable despot try to take away our right to keep and bear arms.
The only soul searching needed is to read the writings of Thomas Jefferson as to what to do if the federal government gets out of control.
It has and we do nothing.
Seems I remember your response about another matter involvng life and death..”THAT”S ABOVE MY PAYGRADE.”
STFU you marxist coward.
I have searched my soul, Mr. President. And I have found no Nazis or OWS anarchist types residing there.
America needs soul searching?
America lost her soul when she allowed an illegal communist to usurp the highest office in the world.
OK. I took his advice. I searched and found nothing. The man has no soul.
Dear Mr. President,
As a military veteran, and senior citizen, I -refuse- to engage in what you call so cheaply, as “soul searching”.
I was around during the Kennedy years. I know what the ‘Cold War’ was all about, and that it has not gone away, but has been sadly misshapened, misidentified, and propagandized, to the point that the average American citizen could swallow having you, a Communist, actually run for office, and succeed.
I came through the following years of Martin Luther King, hearing all the hate talk against ‘whitey’, while continuing my education in Connecticut. Since you have been elected, you have continued, by outright example, of perpetuating that hate talk and walk. Starting with ‘you make too much money’, ( a black vocal charge since the ‘60’s), and continuing through, as you ‘shine on’ investigations into voter intimidations by black groups, and to date, naming the military (which is by majority, white), military veterans, and anyone who ‘clings to their guns and their bibles’, as homegrown terrorists. This proves to me, that YOU, Mr. President, are the racist.
I was in the military, during Jimmy Carter’s disastrous years as a President. Under your leadership and direction, you make litigations against military members and their opportunity to vote. Why? I’m quite sure you know the answer to that, don’t you?
I have lived through boom years and bust, real jobs and temporary work, but this is the worst I have ever seen this nation’s economy, and it’s on YOUR watch! Not Bush’s, nor FDR’s, but your’s!
Now, because of two separate and not connected incidents of idiots shooting people, you want ME to do some soul searching?
Like I said, I -refuse- to do that!
We can start with something fruitful like your real birth certificate, then branch out to your college and admission records, then your citizenship records, then passport records, then medical records, etc..
There is lots of searching to do there and lots of lies to be uncovered...
It has already issued an executive order giving Amnesty to 1 million illegals by passing the Dream Act Amnesty by decree. It will give Amnesty to the rest as well.
In my city, I see it overrun by foreign immigrants, Muslims, Africans, Haitians, Mexicans, etc. We have to stop immigration as immigrants vote for socialism (democrats)and don't have American values. It does not look like America here. Obama is letting all these immigrants in. What is happening to the U.S.A.?
He’s setting us up just like with gay marriage. He’ll end his “soul searching” the day after the election and issue and executive order.
He’ll give amnesty for murder to illegal immigrunts and the assortment of homosexuals.
Being a Chicago sewer rat, he’s overly fond of the rats who are habitating our once great nation.
Just who and what is this illegal phony who daily edicts another piece of sh-t to complicate and clutter our lives?
This Bozo is an unknown quantity, yet our Congress just sits there and allows more and more of the same insanity!
If Obama can locate his soul, I’ll search it for him.
Yes, soul searching on what each of us can do about it: CCW.
The only thing that will really work is the full scale preaching of the unadulterated Gospel of Jesus Christ (and not that televangelist pap).
FUBO, and the repulsive whore you rode in on.