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Obama compares No. of gun deaths in US to 'losing the population of Minneapolis'

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President Obama's latest remarks on the subject of gun violence hit close to home, when he compared the number of people killed by guns in the U.S. over the past 14 years to the entire population of Minneapolis.

Obama was speaking in Chicago Tuesday to the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference, arguing in favor of "common-sense" gun laws and renewed efforts to fight gun violence, especially among young people, when he made the comparison. 

"Since 9/11, fewer than 100 Americans have been murdered by terrorists on American soil—400,000 have been killed by gun violence. That’s like losing the entire population of Cleveland or Minneapolis over the past 14 years. And I refuse to accept the notion that we couldn’t have prevented some of those murders, some of those suicides, kept more families whole, protected more officers if we had passed some common-sense laws."

Here's an excerpt of his speech. His reference to Minneapolis (and Cleveland) comes at the 3:25 mark.

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"Since 9/11, fewer than 100 Americans have been murdered by terrorists on American soil—400,000 have been killed by gun violence. That’s like losing the entire population of Cleveland or Minneapolis over the past 14 years. And I refuse to accept the notion that we couldn’t have prevented some of those murders, some of those suicides, kept more families whole, protected more officers if we had passed some common-sense laws." —President Obama: http://go.wh.gov/JqgiaX #StopGunViolence

Posted by The White House on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

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Just a few days ago, FBI Director James Comey provoked debate over race and crime when he questioned whether the surge in violence in certain cities could be partly caused by what’s been described as the “Ferguson effect.”

Comey gave credence to the idea that because of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last year and the subsequent uproar that followed over police conduct, as well as the proliferation of handheld recording devices, officers are increasingly reluctant to preemptively tackle known criminals for fear of subsequent fallout.

There's been a recent uptick in gun violence in the Twin Cities lately, with half a dozen people being killed within the space of just one week earlier this month.

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