President Obama said on Friday that if lawmakers had responded to his earlier calls for reform of the nation’s gun laws “we might have some more Americans still here with us.”
“You all might have to attend fewer funerals,” he said. “Some families might still be whole.”
Obama made the remarks in the wake of a mass shooting in Charleston, S.C. Nine people were killed at a historic black church in the city on Wednesday evening. Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white man, has been charged with nine counts of murder in the atrocity.
Obama made the remarks as he asserted that he would not abandon his quest fo stricter gun control.
“I am not resigned,” Obama said at the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors in San Francisco.