U.S. President Barack Obama pushes for gun control at a campaign fundraising event in Seattle after visiting the site of the Oregon school shooting. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama appeared at a campaign fundraising event for Washington State Senator Patty Murray on Friday in Seattle and talked about the issues of gun control and immigration. Obama's appearance came on the day he visited Roseburg, Oregon to console families of the victims of a community college shooting that once again sparked a push for U.S. gun reform. "We know that we've got to do something to prevent the kind of gun massacres that we saw just last week, and two months before that, and two months before that, and two months before that because it is not normal, it is not inevitable. It doesn't just happen," said Obama. The president, a Democrat who tried but failed to tighten firearms laws after previous mass shootings, visited Roseburg where 10 people died on October 1st, including the gunman, in the deadliest massacre on U.S. soil in two years. Last week Obama angrily denounced the killings as a symptom of a political choice by U.S. lawmakers to bow to pressure from the powerful National Rifle Association lobby group instead of reforming gun laws. At the campaign event on Friday, Obama said, "There are ways to protect out children and protect our rights. Don't pretend that there aren't. Don't engage in a politics of fear." Obama has made regular trips to funerals and memorial services for victims of mass shootings during the past seven years as president. He has said the December 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut was his toughest day as president.