Last updated on August 8th, 2019
In the wake of two mass shootings within an interval of 15 hours that rocked the whole country, former President Barack Obama issued a scathing statement. In the statement, Obama asked the Americans to reject the politicians who feed on “a climate of fear and hatred”.
The statement read, “We should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments; leaders who demonize those who don’t look like us, or suggest that other people, including immigrants, threaten our way of life, or refer to other people as sub-human, or imply that America belongs to just one certain type of people.”
“It’s time for the overwhelming majority of Americans of goodwill, of every race and faith and political party, to say as much — clearly and unequivocally.”
The two mass shootings which happened within 24 hours at El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio have claimed 29 lives, raising the total tally of the dead to 125.
In his statement, he said that both he and the former first lady, Michelle Obama “grieve with all the families”. He also addressed the fact that how America is experiencing the frequency of a higher rate of gun violence than any other country.
He further addressed the urgency and the requirement for tougher guns laws and that “law enforcement agencies and internet platforms need to come up with better strategies to reduce the influence of these hate groups”.
Following the statement issued by the former President, the campaign group NRA supporting the current gun laws, blamed the fateful events of the mass shootings on mental illness.
The statement of NRA resounded in agreement to the statement of the current President who always stands in support of his policies even if it creates a rift between the Americans.
It is for the first time, Obama slammed the current President – without taking his name directly – for his policies and statements and inability to curb the ongoing continuous mass shootings across the US. It is yet to be seen how the current President will respond to remarks of the former President in his statement calling to reject the politicians supporting racism.