Washington, June 21: Days after a white gunman shot nine people dead in an African-American church in South Carolina’s Charleston area, US President Barack Obama has claimed that gun violence in America is much worse in comparison to other developed nations like, France, Israel and Japan.
A tweet posted by Obama via @POTUS on Saturday said, “Here are the stats: Per population, we kill each other with guns at a rate 297x more than Japan, 49x more than France, 33x more than Israel,” adding “Expressions of sympathy aren’t enough. It’s time we do something about this.”
The statement came just days after Obama condemned Thursday’s attack, saying that this type of mass violence did not happen in other advanced countries.
Meanwhile, the historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, is set to reopen for services on Sunday.
According to BBC report, members of Emanuel AME church had met on Saturday in the room where the attack took place. Many more are expected to attend the service in the morning.
Six women and three men, including the pastor, were killed in the attack after a white gunman opened fire during a Bible study meeting. The 21-year-old suspect, Dylann Roof, attended the meeting for a full hour before firing.
He was arrested during a traffic stop in Shelby, North Carolina. After appearing in court on Thursday, Roof waived his right to extradition and was flown back to South Carolina.
According to a survey published in The Guardian, the US has the highest gun ownership rate in the world, with an average of 88 per 100 people.
(With Agency Inputs)