This past week marked the 11th time that President Obama has gone before the nation to talk about a mass shooting.
Q: What, if anything, can I do about gun violence in America?
A: Call your elected officials and tell them to take action. Prayers are not enough.
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Q: What did President Obama do differently this time when talking to the nation about yet another mass shooting?
A: Instead of spouting statistics that he knows would be challenged by the right and left he asked that the media find the data.
“I would ask news organizations, because I won’t put these facts forward — have news organizations tally up the number of Americans who’ve been killed through terrorist attacks in the last decade, and the number of Americans who’ve been killed by gun violence, and post those side by side on your news reports.”
This is something new from the President. And guess what, it worked. Almost every news organization went out and did exactly what he asked them to do.
From a communications perspective this is brilliant. Instead of having the media challenge you about your facts, you ask them to find the facts on their own. Could anyone but the President do this?
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Video: Stephen Colbert ended his first month as ‘Late Show’ host by opting to tackle tragedy head on with a powerful monologue about the Oregon shooting.
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A visibly angry President Obama gave perhaps his most forceful speech on gun violence yet on Thursday, noting that it wasn’t his first speech in response to a mass shooting and probably wouldn’t be his last.