22
Sep
13

How Many More Times?

President Obama comforts a relative of one of the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shootings at a memorial service at Marine Barracks, Washington

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President Obama:

Secretary Hagel, Secretary Mabus, Admirals Greenert and Hilarides, Mayor Gray, leaders from across this city and our Armed Forces, to all the outstanding first responders, and, most of all, the families whose hearts have been broken — we cannot begin to comprehend your loss. We know that no words we offer today are equal to the magnitude, to the depths of that loss. But we come together as a grateful nation to honor your loved ones, to grieve with you, and to offer, as best we can, some solace and comfort.

On the night that we lost Martin Luther King Jr. to a gunman’s bullet, Robert Kennedy stood before a stunned and angry crowd in Indianapolis and he broke the terrible news. And in the anguish of that moment, he turned to the words of an ancient Greek poet, Aeschylus: “Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.” Pain which cannot forget — drop by drop upon the heart.

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The tragedy and the pain that brings us here today is extraordinary. It is unique. The lives that were taken from us were unique. The memories their loved ones carry are unique, and they will carry them and endure long after the news cameras are gone. But part of what wears on as well is the sense that this has happened before. Part of what wears on us, what troubles us so deeply as we gather here today, is how this senseless violence that took place in the Navy Yard echoes other recent tragedies.

As President, I have now grieved with five American communities ripped apart by mass violence. Fort Hood. Tucson. Aurora. Sandy Hook. And now, the Washington Navy Yard. And these mass shootings occur against a backdrop of daily tragedies, as an epidemic of gun violence tears apart communities across America — from the streets of Chicago to neighborhoods not far from here.

And so, once again, we remember our fellow Americans who were just going about their day doing their jobs, doing what they loved — in this case, the unheralded work that keeps our country strong and our Navy the finest fleet in the world. These patriots doing their work that they were so proud of, and who have now been taken away from us by unspeakable violence.

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Once more we come together to mourn the lives of beauty and to comfort the wonderful families who cherished them. Once more we pay tribute to all who rushed towards the danger, who risked their lives so others might live, and who are in our prayers today, including Officer Scott Williams. Once more our hearts are broken. Once more we ask why. Once more we seek strength and wisdom through God’s grace.

You and your families, this Navy family, are still in the early hour of your grief. And I’m here today to say that there is nothing routine about this tragedy. There is nothing routine about your loss. Your loved ones will not be forgotten. They will endure in the hearts of the American people and in the hearts of the Navy that they helped to keep strong, and the hearts of their coworkers and their friends and their neighbors.
“I want them to know how she lived,” Jessica Gaarde said of her mother Kathy. “She is not a number, or some statistic.” None of these 12 fellow Americans are statistics. Today, I want every American to see how these men and women lived. You may have never met them, but you know them. They’re your neighbors — like Arthur Daniels, out there on the weekend, polishing his white Crown Victoria; and Kenneth Proctor, with his beloved yellow Mustang, who, if you asked, would fix your car, too.

She was the friendly face at the store. Sylvia Frasier, with her unforgettable gold hair, who took a second job at Walmart because, she said, she just loved working with people. She was the diehard fan you sat next to at the game. Kathy Gaarde loved her hockey and her Caps, a season ticket holder for 25 years.

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They were the volunteers who made your community better. Frank Kohler, giving dictionaries to every third-grader in his county; Marty Bodrog, leading the children’s Bible study at church. They lived the American Dream — like Kisan Pandit, who left everything he knew in India for this land of opportunity, and raised a wonderful family and dedicated himself to the United States Navy. They were proud veterans — like Gerald Read, who wore the Army uniform for more than 25 years; and Michael Arnold, who became one of the Navy’s leading architects, of whom a colleague said, “nobody knew those ships like him.”

They were dedicated fathers — like Mike Ridgell, coaching his daughter’s softball teams, joining Facebook just to keep up with his girls, one of whom said, “he was always the cool dad.” They were loving mothers — like Mary Francis Knight, devoted to her daughters, and who had just recently watched with joy as her older daughter got married. They were doting grandparents — like John Johnson, always smiling, giving bear hugs to his 10 grandchildren, and who would have welcomed his 11th grandchild this fall.

These are not statistics. They are the lives that have been taken from us. This is how far a single act of violence can ripple. A husband has lost his wife. Wives have lost their husbands. Sons and daughters have lost their moms and their dads. Little children have lost their grandparents. Hundreds in our communities have lost a neighbor, and thousands here have lost a friend.

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As has been mentioned, for one family, the Daniels family, old wounds are ripped open again. Priscilla has lost Arthur, her husband of 30 years. Only a few years ago, as Mayor Gray indicated, another shooting took the life of their son, just 14 years old. “I can’t believe this is happening again,” Priscilla says.

So these families have endured a shattering tragedy. It ought to be a shock to us all as a nation and as a people. It ought to obsess us. It ought to lead to some sort of transformation. That’s what happened in other countries when they experienced similar tragedies. In the United Kingdom, in Australia, when just a single mass shooting occurred in those countries, they understood that there was nothing ordinary about this kind of carnage. They endured great heartbreak, but they also mobilized and they changed, and mass shootings became a great rarity.

And yet, here in the United States, after the round-of-clock coverage on cable news, after the heartbreaking interviews with families, after all the speeches and all the punditry and all the commentary, nothing happens. Alongside the anguish of these American families, alongside the accumulated outrage so many of us feel, sometimes I fear there’s a creeping resignation that these tragedies are just somehow the way it is, that this is somehow the new normal.

We can’t accept this. As Americans bound in grief and love, we must insist here today there is nothing normal about innocent men and women being gunned down where they work. There is nothing normal about our children being gunned down in their classrooms. There is nothing normal about children dying in our streets from stray bullets.

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No other advanced nation endures this kind of violence — none. Here in America, the murder rate is three times what it is in other developed nations. The murder rate with guns is ten times what it is in other developed nations. And there is nothing inevitable about it. It comes about because of decisions we make or fail to make. And it falls upon us to make it different.

Sometimes it takes an unexpected voice to break through, to help remind us what we know to be true. And we heard one of those voices last week. Dr. Janis Orlowski’s team at Medstar Washington Hospital Center treated the wounded. And in the midst of one of her briefings, she spoke with heartbreaking honesty as somebody who sees, daily and nightly, the awful carnage of so much violence. We are a great country, she said, but “there’s something wrong.” All these shootings, all these victims, she said, “this is not America.” “It is a challenge to all of us,” she said, and “we have to work together to get rid of this.”

And that’s the wisdom we should be taking away from this tragedy and so many others — not accepting these shootings as inevitable, but asking what can we do to prevent them from happening again and again and again. I’ve said before, we cannot stop every act of senseless violence. We cannot know every evil that lurks in troubled minds. But if we can prevent even one tragedy like this, save even one life, spare other families what these families are going through, surely we’ve got an obligation to try.

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It’s true that each of the tragedies I’ve mentioned is different. And in this case, it’s clear we need to do a better job of securing our military facilities and deciding who gets access to them. And as Commander in Chief, I have ordered a review of procedures up and down the chain, and I know that Secretary Hagel is moving aggressively on that. As a society, it’s clear we’ve got to do a better job of ensuring that those who need mental health care actually get it, and that in those efforts we don’t stigmatize those who need help. Those things are clear, and we’ve got to move to address them.

But we Americans are not an inherently more violent people than folks in other countries. We’re not inherently more prone to mental health problems. The main difference that sets our nation apart, what makes us so susceptible to so many mass shootings, is that we don’t do enough — we don’t take the basic, common-sense actions to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people. What’s different in America is it’s easy to get your hands on gun — and a lot of us know this. But the politics are difficult, as we saw again this spring. And that’s sometimes where the resignation comes from — the sense that our politics are frozen and that nothing will change.

Well, I cannot accept that. I do not accept that we cannot find a common-sense way to preserve our traditions, including our basic Second Amendment freedoms and the rights of law-abiding gun owners, while at the same time reducing the gun violence that unleashes so much mayhem on a regular basis. And it may not happen tomorrow and it may not happen next week, it may not happen next month — but it will happen. Because it’s the change that we need, and it’s a change overwhelmingly supported by the majority of Americans.

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By now, though, it should be clear that the change we need will not come from Washington, even when tragedy strikes Washington. Change will come the only way it ever has come, and that’s from the American people. So the question now is not whether, as Americans, we care in moments of tragedy. Clearly, we care. Our hearts are broken — again. And we care so deeply about these families. But the question is, do we care enough?

Do we care enough to keep standing up for the country that we know is possible, even if it’s hard, and even if it’s politically uncomfortable? Do we care enough to sustain the passion and the pressure to make our communities safer and our country safer? Do we care enough to do everything we can to spare other families the pain that is felt here today?

Our tears are not enough. Our words and our prayers are not enough. 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, and go to school, and walk our streets free from senseless violence, without so many lives being stolen by a bullet from a gun, then we’re going to have to change. We’re going to have to change.

On Monday morning, these 12 men and women woke up like they did every day. They left home and they headed off to work. Gerald Read’s wife Cathy said, “See you tonight for dinner.” And John Johnson looked at his wife Judy and said what he always said whenever they parted, “Goodbye beautiful. I love you so much.”

“Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.”

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What Robert Kennedy understood, what Dr. King understood, what all our great leaders have always understood, is that wisdom does not come from tragedy alone or from some sense of resignation in the fallibility of man. Wisdom comes through the recognition that tragedies such as this are not inevitable, and that we possess the ability to act and to change, and to spare others the pain that drops upon our hearts. So in our grief, let us seek that grace. Let us find that wisdom. And in doing so, let us truly honor these 12 American patriots.

May God hold close the souls taken from us and grant them eternal peace. May He comfort and watch over these families. And may God grant us the strength and the wisdom to keep safe our United States of America.

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117 Responses to “How Many More Times?”


  1. 1 Allison
    September 22, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    A very sad day.

  2. 4 africa
    September 22, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Unbearable!! Thank you, Chips!!

  3. 5 Ladyhawke
    September 22, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    President Obama is just good inside. He is our rock and our flame.

    • 6 HZ
      September 22, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      “He is our rock and our flame.” Ladyhawke, so profound. So profound. Thank you for reminding us.

      I am so grateful that President Obama has another set of loving arms to help him comfort our fellow citizens.
      (((((((Thank you, our beautiful First Lady))))))))()

    • 7 theo67
      September 22, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      You captured the essence of the man.

  4. 8 Nena20409
    September 22, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Congrats Allison.

    Wow. Hauntingly dignified.

    Wow. The last lady hugging POTUS, her back towards the camera almost looked like former rep Gabby Gifford.

    I feel for all those families and I fear for Us in USA.

  5. 9 LDS
    September 22, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I have no words…..too painful.
    My heart and prayers goes out to all the families going through this senseless tragedy.
    This has to stop!

  6. 13 utaustinliberal
    September 22, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    The images say it all.

  7. 16 Dudette
    September 22, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Those who remain and grieve must honor the lost with acts worthy of their sacrifice

  8. September 22, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    PBO comforts the family of the victims…indeed he comforts the nation….who comforts him

  9. September 22, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Yes We Can

  10. 31 yardarm756
    September 22, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    If ANY man doubts the Presidents heart, witness the transformation of his hair color over a five year period. HE CARES ABOUT PEOPLE!

  11. 33 globalcitizenlinda
    September 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    heartbreaking!

    to imagine that a bunch of bribed (NRA-supported officials) cowards stand in the way of making much-needed change is something hard to accept

    • September 22, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      The core of rot is in our congress. Sensible gun legislation would have passed the Senate without the obscenity of the filibuster and the absurd 60 vote requirement that has become the new subversive normal. The House is hopeless unless we vow to change it, no matter how much gerrymandering or dark money. It’s our country, we are the majority, and we have to take it back.

  12. 35 jacquelineoboomer
    September 22, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Chips – Thank you for this beautiful post, and the care you took to present it to us.

  13. September 22, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Evening everyone.

    I’ve been shuffling around the house all day with a bad back. Didn’t get a chance to see Pres. Obama’s remarks, but his remarks echo what I said in the essay I wrote after the shootings: It won’t be “enough” until we decide that it’s enough. Not a minute before. If we give people like Wayne La Pierre an outsized power he doesn’t actually possess, then it will never be enough. The moment we realize that we outnumber the gun nuts, and demand that common sense regulations are in place, then we’ll sweep over the country like a tidal wave.

    • 44 nathkatun7
      September 22, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      “The moment we realize that we outnumber the gun nuts, and demand that common sense regulations are in place, then we’ll sweep over the country like a tidal wave.”

      That’s the absolute TRUTH, LL! We must refuse to surrender and give in to the NRA because we outnumber them. After we mourn for the precious lives lost we must pick ourselves up and organize to throw out Wayne La Pierre’s and NRA prostitutes in Congress that would rather serve their pimp than serve the interests of the American people.

    • September 22, 2013 at 9:56 pm

      Honestly, pf, it’s getting to be too much. I’m afraid that all of these people will wear each other out and consume a lot of resources, which is what happened to Joe Sestak when he spent a bundle running against Specter in the primary and then didn’t have enough cash to win against Toomey. It also irks me that we cannot find people to run for congress in many districts but we have so many candidates for governor, they’re stepping on each other.

  14. 47 jacquelineoboomer
    September 22, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Only because his comments dealt with Obamacare and the “messaging” of the White House will I continue to send this dawg another message of my own, every chance I get. Other than that, he’s not worth a minute of our time.

    • 48 africa
      September 22, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      He deserves every bit of it.

    • 50 nathkatun7
      September 22, 2013 at 11:59 pm

      Well done JOB! Chuck Todd tried to delegitimize the President by calling him a lame duck despite the fact the President has just been re-elected. I deeply appreciate your relentless efforts going after him. Hopefully, it’s Chuckie Todd who will end up being delegitimized as a credible journalist, which, by the way, he is not. He is nothing but a GOP mouth piece! just like his fellow WH correspondents.

      • 51 jacquelineoboomer
        September 23, 2013 at 12:07 am

        Gazillions are going after that butterball turkey Chuck Todd – did you see where 70K signed the petition to the head of NBC about his antics?

  15. 52 globalcitizenlinda
    September 22, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    in the photo (8th from the bottom) is POTUS slipping the young lady his handkerchief (or tissue) to wipe her tears ?

    • 55 jacquelineoboomer
      September 22, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      I’m pretty sure that’s what he was doing. Old-school gentlemanly behavior. Of course, none of us are surprised.

      • 56 globalcitizenlinda
        September 22, 2013 at 9:10 pm

        thought so – now I am crying again!

        we are lucky that we can say President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

        not forgetting their exceptional back-up team (The Bidens)

        • 57 jacquelineoboomer
          September 22, 2013 at 9:39 pm

          Yes, we must include The Bidens, whom I love, as well! Now you are making me want to cry. :)

          • 58 nathkatun7
            September 23, 2013 at 12:11 am

            JOB! This country is blessed to have these incredible human beings at the top of our government! To be honest, my respect for then Candidate Sen. Obama increased exponentially when, in 2008, he selected Joe Biden as his running mate.

            • 59 jacquelineoboomer
              September 23, 2013 at 11:15 am

              nath – Mine, too. Joe Biden was my “pick” because I used to live in NJ and it wasn’t just PA folks who thought of Joey B as their “third Senator” – we did, too. Plus, I love his Irish storytellin’ ways.

    • September 22, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      That’s right Linda – caption: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) passes a tissue paper to a family membr during a memorial service for victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting at the Marine Barracks September 22, 2013 in Washington, DC. The president and first lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) visited with families of the victims in the deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. Thirteen people, including the gunman Aaron Alexis, were killed in the incident.

      • 61 globalcitizenlinda
        September 22, 2013 at 9:07 pm

        thanks for the confirmation.

        It is small gestures like that reflect the core decency of a person – what people do when they think no one is watching

    • 62 anniebella
      September 22, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      The young lady looks like she is crying and POTUS offer her a tissue or handkerchief, and FLOTUS is giving her a hug, a leaning shoulder to lean upon.

  16. September 22, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Will the media report on the record number of “consoler-in-chief” dutires this President has had to assume?

    Since the 2007 Virginia Tech massacres, it’s been one after another.

    I’ve posted these before, but it seems appropriate to repeat myself on this day of sad remembrance of those who were tragically gunned down.

  17. September 22, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Some Obamacare tweets:

    Good reference tool on historical taxes increases:

    The GOP *are* doing what’s best for them, not what their constiuents want:

    More fuel for the GOP civil war (Gannett !! newspapers):

  18. 69 HZ
    September 22, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    I am reading several books at the moment and one on “Wise Quotes” came to mind.

    “The difference between a politician and a statesman is: A politician thinks of the next election, and a statesman thinks of the next generation.” James F. Clarke.

    Here in a quiet state of mind, I am trying to seek within my space a spirit of just that, quietness to gather my thoughts of what President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama just parted with through their words, hugs, and comforting tone to the families and relatives and friends of our fallen. I ask for a peacefulness in my landscape surrounding my being so that I can renew my mind and wait quietly for my next assignment to be an instrument of hope, peace, and gratefulness.

    I accept one very important assignment for me personally within my own private space: and that is that I will be an open vessel to offer up prayer, thanksgiving, and supplications for vision to President Obama, and a nation of people who will cultivate their vessels to be open to help POB move with grace, wisdom, and peace as he continues to carry out his vision for this nation. That assignment, I will accept.

    I will give to my space, a sense of peacefulness within my being to speak boldly for all who are in need of the basics to live their lives daily.
    I will give to my space a grateful heart so that I can be a vessel of blessing-sharing to those who come across my path daily in need.
    I will give to my space the funds that I have to help those who can and will carry the message through their voices for fairness, goodness of actions to right what is so wrong in our nation.
    And I will always put into my space as Almighty grace me with favor, a spirit of fervent prayers and meditations to move those who want to destroy this president’s actions to help this nation move forward to a better and fairer space. So please help me, God. Amen.HZ

  19. September 22, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I have not seen the video or read the President’s speech as yet, but looking at those pictures have made me shed some tears.
    This is a very sad time we are living in.
    I really hope THIS TIME, we can get something done with those congress critters!
    Sad day indeed.

  20. September 22, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    And, yes I know Senator Reid has benefited from NRA support – and now is the time for him to reject any $$ from any weapons’ lobbyist.

    Yes We Can

  21. 74 vcprezofan2
    September 22, 2013 at 8:58 pm
    • 75 globalcitizenlinda
      September 22, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      interesting development.

      I remember that in the days following the US’ decision to hold Putin accountable for his patron (assad), I was engaged in the back and forth with some members of the people supporting the rebels.

      their complaint at the time was that the West had used claims of Al Qaeda in the midst to abandon them.

      I recall sending a note that the rebels’ best course of action was to isolate the members of Al Qaeda so that this could not feature as key sticking point to their getting additional support.

      reading this story, it seems that there is going to be more bloodshed ahead

      • 76 vcprezofan2
        September 23, 2013 at 11:03 am

        GCL, unfortunately and truthfully it seems the only thing that is sure these days is that ‘there is going to be more bloodshed ahead’. We live in one messed-up world, in which there are far too many corrupt, angry, heartless humans and far too few leaders really interested in equality, fairness and peace.

  22. September 22, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Iranian hardliners appear to have given their tacit support to president Hassan Rouhani as the moderate cleric prepares to travel to New York on what could be a critically important visit to the United Nations, which may include a historic meeting with his American counterpart.

    Khamenei, long a fierce critic of the US, has thrown his weight behind Rouhani, apparently giving his blessing for direct talks between Rouhani and President Barack Obama, which could take place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this week. And Iran’s opposition activists and politicians, given new heart after Rouhani’s victory in June, appear to share support for the new president in his attempt to improve relations with the west

  23. 78 jacquelineoboomer
    September 22, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I don’t have any intention of following up on this, but I thought I’d put it out there:

  24. September 22, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    The President and First Lady exude a heart-felt warmth that I’ve never before witnessed in our leaders. It is refreshing, beautiful and very real. How very much I wish that a large sector of this country could look past and get over the fact that we have a black President and see these people for the beautiful souls they are. I feel blessed that President Obama is our Commander in Chief and that his lovely wife is our First Lady.

  25. September 22, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    President Obama has now addressed the seventh mass shooting of his presidency, and we certainly heard the weariness in his voice Monday as spoke about the massacre at the Washington Navy Yard: “It’s a shooting that targeted our military and civilian personnel. These are men and women who were going to work, doing their job, protecting all of us. They’re patriots, and they know the dangers of serving abroad, but today they faced the unimaginable violence that they wouldn’t have expected here at home.”

    Sen. Morse and I started the 2013 legislative session amid a constituent outcry to curb gun violence in our communities. The movie theater shooting in Aurora last summer and the Newtown massacre in Connecticut had brought guns to the forefront of our agenda. We passed laws that extended our state’s background-check system to include private sales, to keep guns out of the hands of criminals; limited ammunition magazines to 15 rounds; and made sure that domestic abusers aren’t allowed to buy or keep guns.

    Each of these laws is already making Colorado safer. According to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, 28 criminals have been denied a firearm through a private sale in the first eight weeks of the expanded background-check law. That’s more than four criminals a week, when we know all too well that it takes only one person with a weapon to shatter a life, a family, a community.

  26. September 22, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Yes We Can

  27. September 22, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I guess it was on an earlier thread that Desertflower said she had a run-in with a tea party type (i.e., I’ve got mine, jack):

    Here’s one response accompanied with the most important fact that the MSM is doing their best to keep from the American people:

    • 86 pkayden
      September 22, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      Preach Mr. Chang! So true. Repubs have no problem giving tax cuts to the ultra rich at the expense of the very poor. So ironic that they claim to be Christians when they do the opposite of what Jesus did according to the Bible.

    • 87 desertflower
      September 22, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      Yes…my Teabagger commenter is still in denial and confused. Because he (says) he’s a CPA and the world is going to fall down because HC costs are going to rise 50-75 %…..dear Lord…no matter what facts I show him, no matter what I say…I’m a stupid sheeple that doesn’t know what I’m talking about:) I asked if he’s apologize when he finds out just how wrong is is….no answer! Color me shocked!

  28. 88 anniebella
    September 22, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I am like POTUS, how many more times are we going to have to keep going through these mass shooting? Before we say ENOUGH is ENOUGH. No other country suffer from the gun violence that this country does. And every politician in DC ought to be ashame of themselves.

    • 89 anniebella
      September 22, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Let me rephrase that, every politician in DC who doesn’t have the guts to stand up and do the right thing, ought to be ashame of themselves. These politicians is worry about saving their job, how about being worry about doing the right thing. Get your dam hands out of the NRA pockets, and do what is right.

    • September 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      Unfortunately, the Republicans are run by the NRA. It won’t matter how many tragic shootings we have or how many people are shot down. They are not going to pass any sensible gun reform laws — even though a vast majority of Americans want them to do so. If we want gun reform, we have to vote out the Republicans from the House.

  29. 91 africa
    September 22, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Jon Alter did good today.

  30. September 22, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    More ammunition for Desertflower (something that LP and Jovie “whatever Roman God you are today on Twitter” will appreciate):

  31. September 22, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Something to smile about tonight…… the warmth and generosity of our wonderful President.

  32. 97 africa
    September 22, 2013 at 9:20 pm
  33. 98 WilTal
    September 22, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Chips, a somber and heart-wrenching post, but laid out so beautifully.

    It’s so plain to see that this pains PBO so much…what a caring and compassionate POTUS and FLOTUS we have.

    “Do we care enough to keep standing up for the country that we know is possible, even if it’s hard, and even if it’s politically uncomfortable? Do we care enough to sustain the passion and the pressure to make our communities safer and our country safer? Do we care enough to do everything we can to spare other families the pain that is felt here today?”

    In the famous words of Fannie Lou Hamer “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired”

  34. September 22, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    More on Obamacare (it’s hard to keep up!):

  35. 102 anniebella
    September 22, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    POTUS football team the Chicago Bears is looking pretty good right now. They are up 24-3 over the Steelers.

  36. 103 yardarm756
    September 22, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Da Bears lead the Steelers 24-3 before the half even!

  37. 105 Claire
    September 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Chucky, it’s not our job to sell your bs.

  38. 106 yardarm756
    September 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm
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  40. 108 jacquelineoboomer
    September 22, 2013 at 9:45 pm
  41. 114 Dakota
    September 22, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    I’m just numb…

  42. September 22, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Very sad day for everyone! Something has to be done about mentally ill people getting their hands on guns and weapons!

  43. September 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    “How many more times,” indeed. How many times are we going to see photos of our POTUS and FLOTUS in mourning, with their heads bowed in grief, comforting the families of gun victims? And how many times must we see families overcome with sorrow? Somehow this collection of photos really struck me with the brutal regularity of this kind of thing… There is no justification, no explanation, no excuse, and no reason to allow this kind of thing to keep happening. Period.

    Gato


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