President Obama decried the latest mass shooting to strike in the United States, mourning for the Kalamazoo community that was “terrorized by gun violence” on Saturday.
The president said he phoned the city’s mayor, Bobby Hopewell, this morning, as well as the sheriff and the police chief there, telling them “that they would have whatever federal support they needed in their investigation.”
“Their local officials and first responders, by the way, did an outstanding job in apprehending the individual very quickly, but you got families who are shattered today,” Obama said.
The president lamented that while he took executive action earlier this year to “make it harder for dangerous people” like the suspected Kalamazoo shooter to buy a gun, “clearly, we're going to need to do more if we're going to keep innocent Americans safe.”
“I have got to assume that all of you are just as tired as I am of seeing this stuff happen in your states,” Obama said, addressing the dozens of governors at the White House today who are in Washington for the National Governors Association’s winter meeting.
“That's an area where we also need to partner and think about what we can do in a common-sense way, in a bipartisan way, without some of the ideological rhetoric that so often surrounds that issue.”