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Gun violence 'tearing US apart'

US President Barack Obama said there is an "epidemic of gun violence" tearing communities across America apart while speaking at a memorial for victims of the US Navy Yard shootings.

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Obama: 'Epidemic of gun violence' tearing US apart

US President Barack Obama said there is an "epidemic of gun violence" tearing communities across America apart.

US President Barack Obama speaking at the Washington Navy Yard memorial. Credit: RTV

Speaking at a memorial for victims of the US Navy Yard shootings, Obama said: "As President I have now grieved with five American communities ripped apart by mass violence; Fort Hood, Tucson, Aurora, Sandy Hook and now the Washington Navy Yard.

"And these mass shootings occur against a backdrop of daily tragedies as an epidemic of gun violence tears apart communities across America".

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