As a segue to talking about gun control in a speech at the National Urban League in New Orleans, Louisiana this evening, President Obama added context to the movie theater mass murder last week in Aurora, Colorado. " Every day, in fact, every day and a half, the number of young people we lose to violence is about the same as the number of people we lost in that movie theater," President Obama said.
"Our hearts break for the victims of the massacre in Aurora," said Obama. "We pray for those who were lost, and we pray for those who loved them. We pray for those who are recovering with courage and with hope, and we also pray for those who succumb to the less publicized acts of violence that plague our communities in so many cities across the country every single day. We can't forget about that. Every day, in fact, every day and a half, the number of young people we lose to violence is about the same as the number of people we lost in that movie theater. For every Columbine or Virginia Tech, there are dozens gunned down on the streets of Chicago and Atlanta, here in New Orleans. For every Tucson or Aurora, there's daily heartbreak over young Americans shot in Milwaukee or Cleveland."
The remarks seemed more designed to advance a policy goal than to calm a nation still in pain from a shooting that killed 12 and injured dozens and dozens.