My fellow Americans, I'm obviously disheartened, and saddened by the events that occurred in Oregon today, I want to express my deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to the families of those we've lost and those that have been injured. Sincerely.
I'd like to take this moment to tell all of you watching, that statistically, some of you under the sound of my voice are going to end up dead. You'll be shot, killed, or severely injured because we won't fix the problems that lead to mass killings, like the one that we saw today. You, your mom, your child, your sibling, relative, friend, neighbor... someone else, many more people will certainly die -- at the rate we're going.
Congress will tweet, Facebook, and otherwise send their condolences, talk about how they can't understand how this could happen, and then go back to work making sure that it most definitely will.
Congress, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Wayne LaPierre and the NRA, the "more guns" theorists, blood is on your hands today. Blood. Is on your hands. And it will continue to be, not if, but when, this happens again.
There will be people who will say that more guns will make this better, make us safer. To those people, I ask you to show me the evidence to support that. Show me where a country has increased their presence of guns and violence has gone down. Juxtapose that to the countries that have done the opposite and seen their gun violence deaths go down. It won't happen because that's not how facts work.
To those of you that will lose your own life or a loved one's life, my deepest condolences... in advance of your loss. Whether it'll happen to you at work, at school, in a grocery store, a shopping mall, in your home, wherever it happens, I'm terribly, terribly sorry. But our country will do nothing to stop it; though you will get our condolences because that's what we do. We've made the decision that our love of guns is more important than your life or your safety. We've made the choice that we'd rather carry assault weapons than save your children's lives.
So again, my apology and condolences in advance. I've already got the speeches written, I just need names and locations.
This is about more than mental health, it is a factor. Guns are the problem here.
God bless America, and good luck out there. And may the odds be ever in your favor.
For a look at what President Obama actually did say, you can see his full statement here: