President Obama on Umpqua Community College shooting: ‘Our thoughts and prayers are not enough’

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WASHINGTON, D.C.--  President Barack Obama says the U.S. is becoming numb to mass shootings and says their perpetrators have "sickness" in their minds.

He says thoughts and prayers are no longer enough in these situations because they don't do anything to stop similar acts from happening in the next week or a few months later. “As I said a few months ago and before that, our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It’s not enough. It does not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel.”

Obama spoke Thursday after at least 10 people were killed by a gunman at Umpqua Community College in southwestern Oregon.

Photo show officers were on site to respond to the shooting at Umpqua Community College. This photo was taken today by student, Noel Crowner who had just returned to school this week. (Noel Crownover/Instagram via CNN)
Photo show officers were on site to respond to the shooting at Umpqua Community College. This photo was taken today by student, Noel Crowner who had just returned to school this week. (Noel Crownover/Instagram via CNN)

The President said we have to change our laws and he said he can't do it by himself. He made a plea to Americans. "I’d ask the American people to think how we can get the American government to change these laws to save lives, to let young people grow up- that will require a change of politics on this issue." President Obama went on to say, "I would ask America’s gun owners who are using those guns properly, safely– to hunt; sport; for protecting their families– to think about whether your views are properly being represented."

**Watch his entire address in the video above and click here for the latest information**

 

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