President Barack Obama said that America has “been blind to the unique mayhem [of] gun violence” during his eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney.

Pinckney and eight others were killed during last week’s Charleston church shooting.

“For too long we’ve been blind to the unique mayhem that gun violence inflicts upon this nation,” Obama said.


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The president added that the nation’s eyes are opened sporadically during mass shootings, citing Charleston, the Aurora movie theater massacre, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. He also noted that 30 lives are cut short by gun violence each day.

“The vast majority of Americans, the majority of gun owners, want to do something about this,” he said.

Watch more of his remarks above.


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