Obama urges Congress to act after latest shooting

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama called on Congress Tuesday to act on his stalled gun reform measures, bemoaning its failure to make meaningful reforms despite a “ritual” of shooting massacres.

A day after a gunman shot dead 12 people at a naval base a few miles from the White House, Obama said the “overwhelming majority” of Americans agreed with him on the need for common-sense firearms reform.

“I do get concerned that this becomes a ritual that we go through every three, four months, where we have these horrific mass shootings,” Obama said in
an interview with the Telemundo Spanish-language television network.

“Everybody expresses understandable horror. We all embrace the families … and yet we’re not willing to take some basic actions.”

Obama introduced a sheaf of measures including a plan for enhanced background checks on gun buyers and a ban on assault style rifles as America reeled after 20 children and six adults were killed in a school rampage in
Newtown, Connecticut in December last year.