President Obama has suggested America's notoriously loose gun laws were at least somewhat responsible for last night's shooting at a South Carolina church that left nine people dead.
The president addressed the shooting earlier today in a powerful speech that asked a great deal of the country to change its views on gun control to prevent further tragedies.
The suspect, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, was given a .45-caliber gun for his birthday by his father.
Obama noted other countries, where it is much harder to obtain deadly weapons, don't have to expect mass shootings on a regular basis.
The president campaigned for slightly tighter regulations regarding gun purchases after the Sandy Hook shooting but was shut down.
He ended his speech by reminding viewers that Mother Emanuel, where the shooting took place, had previously overcome being burned to the ground and will rise again to promote peace.