The President tells Americans he feels "overwhelming grief" at the loss of life:
Through all this sorrow and anger and fear, with 17 kids murdered in an American school, Donald Trump puts the blame on the students and neighbors of the shooter. Can we have some thoughts and prayers for our President?
Ahead of his trip to Los Angeles, President Obama appeared in the Brady Briefing Room to address the mass murder that occurred in Charleston, South Carolina Wednesday night.
As the first black president, Obama has had to walk a fine line with regard to race and policing, and his remarks this afternoon reflected that.
"First and foremost, and quite obviously, (name of victim) died in a hail of bullets that day so that all Americans could remain free to purchase whatever firearms they desired, of any caliber, at any time, under any circumstance, and whatever their race, creed, or state of mind. Weapons are for all Americans."