US President Barack Obama called Sunday for action to tighten gun laws as he remembered the victims of a mass shooting at Washington's Navy Yard last week, dpa reported.
"Sometimes I fear there's a creeping resignation that these tragedies are just somehow the way it is. That these tragedies are the new normal. We can't accept this," Obama told the memorial service for 12 civilian workers killed by a gunman Monday at the base.
Obama noted it was the fifth time during his presidency that such a mass shooting has occurred and said the reason the US has more such tragedies than other countries is the easy access to guns.
After a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school in December that left 20 children and six educators dead, Obama had pushed for tougher gun laws, but the measures failed in Congress. He acknowledged that change would not come from lawmakers, but said instead Americans must push for change.
A contract worker with mental health issues allegedly opened fire in a building on the base early Monday, killing 12 workers.
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