After a large scale tragedy — and the United States has seen more mass shootings than days of the year in 2015 — the responses on both sides of the argument can be disheartening. The reactions to the San Bernardino mass shooting involve the usual political mud slinging, which is not productive. President Obama’s weary address illuminates how many feel about these repeated instances. After October’s mass shooting in Oregon, Obama called for action and hoped the tragedy would make voters realize the problem isn’t going away. He stressed how “our thoughts and prayers are not enough” (although they do allow people to cope with senseless violence). Whether or not politicians use such sentiments for self gain is a whole other issue.
What we do know is that President Obama has addressed the nation 15 times after mass shootings. No wonder he’s weary, and Obama realizes that he’ll be back on the podium after the next mass shooting. The problem won’t be solved anytime soon. We also know that the San Bernardino shooting suspects, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, possessed countless firearms and mountains of ammunition. They purchased at least some of their guns legally at the Annie’s Get Your Gun shop in Corona, California.