In Call to Bolster Gun Control Laws, Obama Points to Israel as Example

June 21, 2015

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Days after the shooting at a South Caroline church that left nine people dead, US President Barack Obama called on lawmakers to take drastic action to reduce America’s gun violence.

Citing homicide rates in the US, the president compared the high number of gun-related violence deaths to that of other developed countries, including Israel.

Taking to Twitter, the president wrote, “Here are the stats. Per population, we kill each other with guns at a rate of 297x more than Japan, 49x more than France, 33x more than Israel.”

“Expressions of sympathy aren’t enough. It’s time we do something about this,” a second tweet added.

Israel is known for its tough gun control laws. In order to own a firearm in Israel, a person must undergo health, mental health and criminal background checks as well as providing a credible reason for ownership. Owning a firearms is not a legal right in Israel.


On Friday, Obama told reporters that “At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency.”

Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old self-described white supremacist shooter, opened fire at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday, killing the church’s leader and eight worshipers.

In his confession, Roof admitted that the attack was intended to “start a race war” in the US.

The uncovered manifesto of the shooter reveals an even more racist and anti-Semitic side of Roof. In one instance, Roof wrote that the “Jewish identity” should be destroyed.

“Just like n******, most Jews are always thinking about the fact that they are jewish. The other issue is that they network. If we could somehow turn every jew blue for 24 hours, I think there would be a mass awakening, because people would be able to see pliantly what is going on (sic),” he wrote.

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