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Gun in Minnesota car may have contributed to events there: Obama

Saturday, July 09, 2016 - 01:24

President Barack Obama says the prevalence of guns in U.S. society is one factor behind American violence and the fact that there was a gun in the car contributed to the shooting of a black Minnesota man last week. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: President Barack Obama said on Saturday (July 9) that the prevalence of guns in U.S. society is one factor behind American violence and the fact that there was a gun in the car contributed to the shooting of a black Minnesota man last week. "In Minneapolis, we don't know yet what happened, but we do know that there was a gun in the car that apparently was licensed but it caused, in some fashion, those tragic events," Obama told a news conference at the end of a NATO summit in Warsaw. "We can't just ignore that and pretend that that's somehow political ... it is a contributing factor -not the sole factor - but a contributing factor to the broader tensions that arise between police and the communities where they serve," he said. Obama also said the black U.S. military veteran alleged to have killed five policemen in Dallas is not representative of African-Americans. "He's no more representative of African Americans than the shooter in Charleston was representative of white Americans. They don't speak for us. That's not who we are."

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Gun in Minnesota car may have contributed to events there: Obama

Saturday, July 09, 2016 - 01:24