Obama Decries Deadly Kansas Shooting: 'We Cannot Become Numb'

President Obama urged Americans to continue conversation about gun violence.

ByABC News
February 26, 2016, 2:38 PM

— -- President Obama decried Thursday's deadly shooting in Hesston, Kansas, expressing his “deepest condolences” to the families of those impacted by the violence.

Three people were killed and 14 others were injured after a gunman opened fire in three locations, including his place of work.

Speaking at an event in Jacksonville, Florida, Obama said he called Hesston Mayor David Kauffman this morning to express his condolences -- just days after another deadly shooting in Kalamazoo, Michigan, that killed six.

"These acts may not dominate the news today, but these are two more communities in America that are torn apart by grief," Obama said. "We cannot become numb to this.

He added: "Anybody who says they want to keep the American people safe has to care about this because it’s happening in far too many towns, and affecting far too many innocent Americans and there are some things we can do about it."

Obama said that while the current Congress "may not have any appetite to do something" about gun violence, he urged Americans to elect one that does.

"As long as I hold this office, I’m going to keep on bringing this up, even if it’s not getting the same attention that it should," Obama said. "I wish I didn’t have to keep on talking about this. Lord knows I wish I didn’t have to make these phone calls and comfort families. The real tragedy is the degree to which this has become routine."

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