President Obama just called all of us to action.
Once again, he had to come out and address the nation after yet another mass shooting, this one at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. At least 9 students lost their lives to gun violence.
The president expressed sympathy to the families of the victims. And then he asked the American people for our help. He said:
"This is a political choice that we make, to allow this to happen every few months in America... We are collectively answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction.
Somebody somewhere will comment and say, Obama politicized this issue. Well this is something we should politicize. It is relevant to our common life together, to the body politic.
As I said each time we see one of these mass shootings, our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It does not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel... I ask the American people to think about how they can get our government to change these laws, and to save lives, and to let young people grow up. And that will require a change of politics on this issue."
President Obama submitted to Congress in early 2013 a gun violence plan that included common sense proposals to prevent the kinds of shootings that happened today. Republicans blocked it. Now it's up to us to mobilize and make Congress pass these responsible gun violence laws. We can't wait any longer.