Why President Obama went right to gun control after five police officers were killed in Dallas

July 8, 2016 11:48 AM

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President Obama's initial responses to mass shootings have become increasingly focused on guns over the years. In the beginning, they were heavy on the standard thoughts and prayers and promises of justice. But eventually, a new tone crept in. An exasperated Obama last year encouraged people to "politicize" the tragedies in the name of passing new gun laws and preventing future mass shootings.

In his statement in the early hours of Friday morning, American time (Obama is in Europe), as we were in the process of learning that five officers had been killed and six others shot by snipers in Dallas, Obama served notice that this is a tragedy and the perpetrators will be brought to justice — b...

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