nicolejb
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My heart is heavy when I think about those effected by the mass shooting out in San Bernadino. Oftentimes when these horrific mass shootings happen, I have a hard time writing. I have a hard time even talking about the issue. Because well, it's really sad.
The always leads to me doing some research on rhetoric around the issue. I dig and help to find more speeches and conversations about the speech. I look to others to help me speak.
One of those people that I look to when it comes to rhetoric around sensitive issues is President Obama. You may not agree with his politics, but he happens to be excellent at delivering speeches after tragedy.
According to groups monitoring shootings in the U.S. the shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., was the 355th mass shooting in the U.S. this year, that's more than one per day on average so far in 2015. Here are some of the worst our nation has seen, and how the president reacted to them...

Aurora Movie Theater

"And if there's anything to take away from this tragedy, it's the reminder that life is very fragile. Our time here is limited, and it is precious. And what matters at the end of the day is not the small things, it's not the trivial things, which so often consume us and our daily lives. Ultimately, it's how we choose to treat one another and how we love one another."

Sandy Hook

"We've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news, I react not as a President, but as anybody else would: as a parent. And that was especially true today. I know there's not a parent in America who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that I do."

Community College in Oregon

"There's been another mass shooting in America, this time in a community college in Oregon. That means there are more American families, moms, dads, children, whose lives have been changed forever."

Charleston Church

"Michelle and I know several members of Emanuel AME Church. We knew their pastor, Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who, along with eight others, gathered in prayer and fellowship and was murdered last night. And to say our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families and their community doesn't say enough to convey the heartache and the sadness and the anger that we feel."

San Bernardino

"And so my hope is that we're able to contain this particular shooting, and we don't yet know what the motives of the shooters are, but what we do know is that there are steps we can take to make Americans safer, and that we should come together in a bipartisan basis at every level of government to make these rare as opposed to normal. We should never think that this is something that just happens in the ordinary course of events, because it doesn't happen with the same frequency in other countries."
There is one common theme in the speeched... It gets stronger. It gets angrier. As time goes on an more mass shootings happen, Obama gets a little more bold.

And that's how I feel too.

To have to deal with this as a nation is tough, but to have to deal with this as a leader of our nation must be heartbreaking. Obama seems to deal with it maturely and gracefully, while amplifying the urge for change.
So, here's my mini speech based off the Obama made ones.
What is happening in our nation is very sad. I cannot imagine what it's like to be one of the loved one effected by these triable tragedies. My heart goes out to those family and loved ones.
But I'm tired. I'm really tired of reading the horrible news like this, and thinking and worrying about family and friends in these areas of the U.S. I want the U.S. to do something. I believe it's multi-fascided problem. Something that requires lots of reform and change-- A reevaluation of how guns are obtained in the U.S., a reevaluation of our schools and mental health in the U.S., and big change in our police/military and how they work to protect us.
My thoughts and prayers are with this country, and the wonderful people that occupy it. Words cannot convey how sad I am about what is happening to our nation. But I'm a proud American, and I want our country to be great again. So let's fix this problem.
Tagging those that contributed to the conversation previously. Your thoughts would be appreciated.
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@nicolejb Sharing opinions is a great thing I agree :) @shannonl5 Yea, problems like this are so hard to solve in the US especially because we have so much freedom, who would have thought that would be a problem??
Thanks for commenting @MelissaMae and sharing your thoughts. I'm not sure I'm an Obama fan or not, but he is an eloquent speaker. and yes there are many bad people in history who are eloquent as well, that was a very smart observation.
unfortunately i'm not too sure what i can add onto this. i agree that this is horrible, but each gunman had a different motives but the dame objective i believe. Charleston church was more racially motivated while sandy hook seemed to be based off of revenge...the problem is why are they doing it? the next question should be how can we help stop it? each gunman is thinking this "I'm going to do a mass shooting because......" that dotted line is what we need to figure out. if you cant figure something out how will you stop it? all i want to do is prevent it, because at the end of the day there is no reason for innocent people to die
@MelissaMae I'll play the devils advocate just because I love discussions. Did you know that just because he is president, it doesn't mean that he can set all the laws. He can't keep all his promises but neither can citizens. We can't expect him to do all the work. If this man was destroying our country, then we wouldn't go to school but instead we'd be in a battlefield saving our lives. He isn't allowing "terrorists" but he is allowing people to come live in this FREE country. How was he supposed to know that the recent attack was going to happen? Is he some kind of time traveler? Should we blame him for everything that happens in our lives? The fact that he gives a good speech doesn't mean much but it shows his humanity. Even Hitler had humanity but he decided to go his own way. Giving him respect is a decision. I don't know about you but I respect everyone just because I like to be respected myself. Even if a person doesn't give me the respect I have given them then oh well at least I was considerate enough to give them that. I respect your views but I also have my own.
Thank you @RaquelArredondo! and thanks for sharing your opinion. wow yeah I guess I didn't think about education per-say. I dunno though. If we were practicing and education about self defense as a kid I would be really terrified of the world. though looking at these statistics also makes me pretty scares.
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