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President calls for gun control at Navy yard memorial
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The president is urging people not go give up on changing America's gun laws.
He spoke at a national memorial service for the victims of last week's navy yard shooting.
Twelve bells rang over the lawn of the U.S. Marine Barracks in Washington in honor of those killed.
Thousands of people, mostly Navy families, and those who work at the navy yard gathered with heavy hearts to pay tribute and listen to somber words from the president and military leaders.
The president told the victims' families he cannot begin to comprehend their loss and said the nation must do something in light of this and several other mass shootings.
"As president I have now grieved with five American communities ripped apart by mass violence. Ft. Hood, Tuscson, Aurora, Sandy Hook and now the Washington Navy Yard," said President Obama.
"There is one lesson that is already abundantly clear. Our country is drowning in a sea of guns," said Mayor Vincent Gray.
President Obama said it has become clear that change will not come from politicians in Washington, who have been unable or unwilling to change the nation's gun laws even when tragedy strikes the capital city.
Instead, he said change will have to come from people demanding action.