At a news conference Thursday afternoon on the community college shooting at Umpqua Community College in Umpqua, Oregon, President Obama said gun control is "something we should politicize."
Obama pressured news outlets and networks to publicize the statistics of Americans "who have been killed through terrorist attacks over the last decade and the number of Americans who have been killed by gun violence."
"The notion that gun laws don't work or just will make it harder for law-abiding citizens and criminals will still get their guns, it's not borne out by the evidence," the president said. "We know that other countries in response to one mass shooting have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings. Friends of ours, allies of ours, Great Britain. Australia. Countries like ours. So we know there are ways to prevent it."
"What's also routine, of course, is that somebody somewhere will comment and say, Obama politicized this issue. Well, this is something we should politicize," Obama declared.
"I would... have news organizations put up the number of Americans who have been killed through terrorist attacks over the last decade and the number of Americans who have been killed by gun violence and post those side by side on your news reports," Obama wished.
"This won't be information coming from me," he declared. "It will be coming from you."