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"We know that more Americans and their families had fear forced upon them."
President Barack Obama said Saturday that the Colorado shooting "is not normal" and advocated for stricter gun control.
"This is not normal. We can't let it become normal. If we truly care about this — if we're going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience — then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them," Obama said in statement Saturday morning. "Period. Enough is enough."
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - NOVEMBER 27: A member of the Colorado Springs sheriff's department secures the scene during an active shooter situation near a Planned Parenthood facility on November 27, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A standoff developed outside the clinic and the area was on lockdown. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
"The last thing Americans should have to do, over the holidays or any day, is comfort the families of people killed by gun violence — people who woke up in the morning and bid their loved ones goodbye with no idea it would be for the last time," Obama said.
On Friday, a gunman attacked a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs and left one police officer and two civilians dead. The suspect, Robert Lewis Dear, was apprehended by police, and his motive is not yet clear. It is also unclear what — in any — connection Dear had with the Planned Parenthood.
"What we do know is that he killed a cop in the line of duty, along with two of the citizens that police officer was trying to protect," Obama said. "We know that law enforcement saved lives, as so many of them do every day, all across America. And we know that more Americans and their families had fear forced upon them."
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