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Why President Obama went right to gun control after five police officers were killed in Dallas

Why President Obama went right to gun control after five police officers were killed in Dallas

Aaron Blake | The Washington Post

President Obama's initial responses to mass shootings have become increasingly focused on guns over the years. In the beginning, they were heavy on the standard thoughts and prayers and promises of justice. But eventually, a new tone crept in. An exasperated Obama last year encouraged people to "politicize" the tragedies in the name of passing new gun laws and preventing future mass shootings.

On Friday, Obama wasted no time going right to the gun issue.

In his statement in the early hours of Friday morning, American time (Obama is in Europe), as we were in the process of learning that five officers had been killed and six seven others shot by snipers in Dallas, Obama served notice that this is a tragedy and the perpetrators will be brought to justice — but also that it was also a gun-related tragedy that requires action on that front.

"We also know when people are armed with powerful weapons, unfortunately, it makes attacks like these more deadly and more tragic," he said. "In the days ahead, we will have to consider those realities as well. In the meantime, today, our focus is on the victims and their families."

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