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President Obama spoke at a memorial for slain police officers in Dallas alongside former President George W. Bush
Obama tried to articulate the realities that both police officers and black communities in the United States face
But then he waded into controversial territory by making comments on gun control during his speech on Tuesday
‘We flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than to get his hands on a computer,’ Obama said
Conservatives took to Twitter to criticize the president for speaking on gun control during the tribute
The president was joined at the memorial by his wife, along with former President George W. Bush, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, Vice President Joe Biden, former first lady Laura Bush and Dr. Jill Biden
President Obama sparked a backlash on Twitter after making comments on gun control during a speech honoring the five fallen police officers killed in last week’s sniper attack in Dallas.
As he led a memorial to the officers alongside former President George W. Bush in Texas on Tuesday, Obama made unifying comments about the relationship between police and black communities, trying to articulate the viewpoints of both.
Obama spoke near five empty chairs for the white police officers killed last week by a black man seeking vengeance for police killings.
Behind him, underscoring his message of unity: Dallas police officers, a racially diverse church choir and local officials who ranged from black Police Chief David Brown to Bush, a Dallas resident.
But then Obama waded into more controversial territory when he spoke of gun control, saying: ‘We flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than to get his hands on a computer.’
It led to criticism on Twitter from conservatives and reporters, who branded him ‘the worst’ for the polarizing remarks during the speech.
Ben Shapiro, the editor of the conservative Daily Wire, wrote on Twitter: ‘Cops murdered by racist. Obama eulogizes them by lying about cops and gun control. What a nasty piece of goods.’
Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich said: ‘How am I surprised Obama would use a memorial for police to lecture about gun control and politics? He is the worst.’
Josh Kraushaar, politics editor at the National Journal, added: ‘Agree or disagree, the second part of Obama’s speech polarizing. Felt like a State of the Union for a moment based on who was applauding.
Before arriving in Dallas, Obama had called the families of the two men killed, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
The president, echoing Dallas Police Chief David Brown, said the country expected too much of its police force ‘and we ask too little of ourselves.’
‘As a society we choose to under-invest in decent schools, we allow poverty to fester so that entire, we refuse to fund drug treatment and mental health programs,’ Obama said.
‘We flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book,’ the president continued.
‘And then we tell the police, you’re the social worker, you’re the parent, you’re the teacher, you’re the drug counselor, we tell them to keep those neighborhoods in check at all costs, and do so without causing any political blowback or inconvenience, don’t make the mistake that might disturb our own peace of mind and then we feign surprise when periodically the tensions boil over,’ the president added.
Bush, in a rare public appearance said, ‘the shock of this evil has not faded,’ taking the stage at the Morton H. Meyerson Sympnony Center before his successor.
The former president and Dallas resident called the slain officers ‘the best among us’ and said the Dallas Police Department has ‘been mighty inspirations for the rest of the nation.’
President Obama followed Brown onstage, who spoke the lyrics of Stevie Wonder’s ‘As,’ to show love to his fellow officers.
‘I’m so glad I met Michelle first, because she loves Stevie Wonder,’ President Obama said once he took the stage.
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