Yesterday, another school shooting occurred at a high school in Portland, Oregon. The shooter, who was a student, opened fire on the school, killing one student and injuring a teacher, before killing himself.

Speaking to reporters, Troutdale Police Department Chief Scott Anderson  identified the student killed as 14-year-old Emilio Hoffman, a freshman.

Anderson met with the student’s parents Tuesday afternoon and “they want you to know that Emilio was a great kid and he was loved by all,” he said.

On the same day of the shooting, President Obama held a live Q&A on the social media site, Tumblr, and vented about gun violence.

“We’re the only developed country on earth where this happens. And it happens now once a week. And it’s a one-day story. There’s no place else like this,” Obama said.

Obama also spoke of what he called the worst day of his presidency, the Sandy Hook shootings.

“Why aren’t we doing something about this?” Obama said of the recurring violence. “I have been in Washington for a while now and most things don’t surprise me. The fact that twenty 6-year-olds were gunned down in the most violent fashion possible and this town couldn’t do anything about it was stunning to me.”

After the Newtown shootings, Obama  launched a campaign to enact legislative reforms, including expanded background checks for gun purchases, but of course they were stifled by Congress and  the National Rifle Association.

“Most members of Congress — and I have to say to some degree this is bipartisan — are terrified of the NRA,” Obama said.

“Until there is a fundamental shift in public opinion in which people say, ‘enough; this is not acceptable; this is not normal,’” he said. “Until that’s a view that people feel passionately about and are willing to go after folks who don’t vote reflecting those values — until that happens, sadly, not that much is going to change.”

The president suggested the root cause of the violence was easy access to guns rather than mental health issues of the shooter.

“The United States does not have a monopoly on crazy people. And yet, we kill each other in these mass shootings at rates that are exponentially higher than any place else,” he said. “Well, what’s the difference? The difference is, is that these guys can stack up a bunch of ammunition in their houses and that’s sort of par for the course.”

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  • ““Why aren’t we doing something about this?” Obama said of the recurring violence. “I have been in Washington for a while now and most things don’t surprise me.”

    Maybe, because it is White Men mostly doing the mass shootings.

    • I would also like to add that this country is sometimes backwards. For one, no developed country that I know of sells guns at a major retailer such as Walmart. Secondly, I think it is backwards when alcohol is considered a controlled substance that can only be sold as license retailers like certain grocery stores and licensed ABC stores. Yet, you can purchase a gun through either a gun show or through a private sale.

  • GeekMommaRants

    Gun violence is something so many want to keep. Every time there is a mass shooting the sales of guns goes up. This is a marketing plan, more dead bodies, more money for guns. Just another way for bottom feeders to become rich.

  • Jay

    Barack Obama is sad. He cries every time a white person dies because of gun violence, but ignores the shootings of countless Black children. Maybe somebody on this forum has evidence to the contrary, but I think Obama doesn’t give a fuck about us. He’s that new Black I guess…

    • Jacqueline

      Hmm, you do know he worked as a community organizer in the heart of the south side of Chicago for years and had a front row seat and drove around in a beat up car trying to get our people to address this issue and others? So it cannot be said that he does not care, he does. But when will we start caring more. This is the point he is making.

      He was asked a point blank question about the fact that we have had 74 school shootings since Newtown. He has used similar words to talk about the senseless crimes that have impacted black children and black and brown people of all ages.

      He was talking about gun violence not just school/shootings.

      We have all been tolerating all of it for too long.

      I am a member of OFA and was a state campaign worker for his campaign. When OFA was first formed we had weekly phone calls. During the third week, one of the staff members of OFA who is based in Washington, was randomly shot on his way to a OFA function. He recovered. And yes he was Black.

      A few weeks later we had a conference call in which the President took part in. Although, gun violence was not the issue of the night, the President bought up the irony of the fact that a young black male who was working to get gun control passed, would end of the victim.. of gun violence.

      He spoke to us about gun violence and he talked about the random violence that impacts the black and brown community. The emotion in his voice was unmistakable. He is sick of it. And I think Chicago is a particularly sore spot because he bore witness and a few of those murders have happened in his back yard.

      Hold your congressman’s feet to the fire and join in the fight to get these congressman out of office who will not let commonsense gun legislation go through.

      These issues will only be solved on a grassroots level. I do not know how involved you are but if you are not involved get involved. it goes further than heartfelt words from the President. He needs help to get things done. That is how are government works and all the tears in the world will not change that fact.

  • Jacqueline

    I think the fact that there are only 5 comments on this post and over 100 regarding the petition regarding Blue Ivy’s hair is telling. Indifference is our nations largest problem.

    Over in England, many politicians and citizens have actually asked how and why we are so complacent regarding unemployment rates, violence and the lists goes on.

    We are distracted beyond words.

    • Me

      i know for me the reason i was even debating reading this article is 1) i already heard about it on another site & i’m already starting to give this site the side eye on the writing & facts here, 2) the only time i ever hear the pres get big & bold about guns is when white kids die, 3) the country is all up in arms over 74 shootings in a little over a yr when the real number of mass shootings if you count drivebys and gang related shootings is WAY more than that, but the only reason they’re not included is b/c one gets done by white folks towards white folks & the other gets done by black folks towards black folks. i think the pres cares enough for me & him both about white on white crime. so i’m not distracted. just disinterested.

    • Jacqueline

      I am with you on number 1. My words were not meant to accuse and put down.

      Then if YOU are disinterested, can you put the President down for appearing to be disinterested?

      Again, this is about gun violence. In Chicago Mayor Emanuel and the police have been trying to get the intended victims to come forward. Because most of the time that is the problem. Innocent people are being killed. Just last week a well respected teacher who was also working as a real estate agent, was sitting in her office at 5:30pm and was shot in the head. 2 coworkers were wounded. Of course she was not the intended target. so the police pleaded with the intended target to come forth because they are a victim as well. If they give up the person who is shooting at them, then the problem begins to solve itself.

      The mass shooting in the park (in Chicag) last year happened for a similar reason, the shooter was exacting payback on someone that shot at him. Instead of going to the police. Well we know why they do not go to the police, because they too are criminals.

      This is an issue of culture and it has many, many reasons. One is people not reporting their stolen guns in the suburbs and other surrounding cities and even states. that is how the criminals are getting their hands on the guns.

      However, the people involved in school shooting are acquiting their guns legally and that is easier to stop. There is a mental health aspect to the school/mas shootings that can be solved quicker than decades of street culture. Either way none of us can afford to become complacent. We are tolerating everything and we are trying to place the blame on one man’s shoulders.

      We are all responsible for solving these problems.

      He did not just randomly start talking about this issue, he was asked a point blank quesiton by a reporter about the shooting and the fact that there have been 74 shootings. He spoke from the heart and he has spoken in that same tone about the killings in Chicago, although they are really two different things. Both awful and both unneccesary.

    • Me

      when i said i was disinterested, i didn’t mean in the topic of gun violence… just in the president venting about it. i care a lot about gun violence in the bc, but do 74 white shootings draw me in or jerk a tear? nope. i’m not done crying for my black folks yet.