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In the wake of Monday’s Navy Yard shooting where 13 people were left dead and eight others injured, the Commander-in-Chief is asking for Congress to take “basic actions” to toughen the nation’s gun control laws.

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“You know, I do get concerned that this becomes a ritual that we go through every three, four months, where we have these horrific mass shootings,” President Obama said in a recent interview with Telemundo. “Everybody expresses understandable horror. We all embrace the families — and obviously our thoughts and prayers are with those families right now as they’re absorbing this incredible loss. And yet we’re not willing to take some basic actions.”

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The President made a similar call for action after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last December, however his proposal for tighter background checks was blocked by Congress in April.

“You have a majority of the American people and even a large percentage of Republicans who are ready to move the country forward,” he explained, “and yet we keep on getting blocked.”

“It’s a challenge that I’m speaking out on, but ultimately we’re also gonna meet pressure from the public to see if we can change how they do business up there,” he concluded.


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