God bless the soul of J.F.K.
THE LAST WORD
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Lamenting “once more” a deadly mass shooting, President Barack Obama assured families of the Navy Yard massacre victims at a memorial service on Sunday there was “nothing routine about this tragedy, there’s nothing routine about your loss.”
The service was held at the Washington Marine Barracks, just blocks from where authorities sayAaron Alexis shot and killed 12 Navy Yard workers on Monday afternoon and injured eight others.
“I fear there’s a creeping resignation that this is somehow the new normal,” Obama said. “It ought to obsess us, it ought to lead to some sort of transformation.”
Alexis, 34, a former Navy reservist who had been working as a civilian contractor with access to the site, was killed by officers who responded to the shooting spree.
Honestly, I’m a little nervous about tomorrow’s interview.
But since my daughter Jessi was murdered last year in the Aurora movie theater shooting, I’ve learned a few things….
I’ve learned that too many Americans — 90 men, women and children every day — die because of gun violence…
…And I’ve learned that the more I share my story, the more Americans want to help us end gun violence.
It was yet another awful week of mass shootings in our nation. But I won’t stop fighting for what’s right.
Neither should you.
Help me continue the fight for sensible gun laws that will save lives.
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
P.S. — Many people have reached out to say they appreciated my interview with NPR this week. If you missed it, you can listen to it here. I’m hoping tomorrow’s conversation on Meet the Press will be just as civil and will help more Americans understand why it’s time to put aside politics and end gun violence.
By Michael Isakoff and Daniel Arkin, NBC NEWS
The move comes in the wake of the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, which raised concerns about security procedures at U.S. military installations.
Military officials said that the shooter — Aaron Alexis, 34, a former Navy reservist who was working as a civilian contractor — had a security card that allowed him access to the Navy Yard but not to the office building where he later opened fire, killing 12 people and wounding several others Monday.
The Bradley Manning crisis occurred: TOO MUCH ACCESS! The Edward Snowden Crisis occurred: TOO MUCH ACCESS! Congress has relaxed security clearances for federal workers,contractors and sub-contractors making “security” a joke! Rep. Darrell Issa is Chairman of the U.S. Oversight Committee. Why is he not looking into this long-standing problem of a system of thousands of workers for the government having federal security clearances to information that goes beyond what is required to do their basic job descriptions? Yesterday’s gun massacre asks the question: Is card-key access to military bases a travesty? Why do security systems have poor or no audit trails? Where are the High Definition surveillance cameras? Who reviews federal security? Who is in charge? Who is responsible? Darrell Issa should watch the recent movie, “Olympus Has Fallen.” It would give him something to think about. —GoodOleWoody
By Stephanie Slifer
Earlier that month, the former neighborhood watch volunteer was acquitted of murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.