People react and embrace during a vigil in Roseburg, Oregon, for 10 people killed and seven others wounded in a shooting. AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON
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A grim President Barack Obama says the U.S. has "become numb" to mass shootings like Thursday's incident in Oregon, where a 20-year-old gunman killed at least 9 people at Umpqua Community College.Obama said Thursday the nation's response to mass shootings has become "routine" – from the reporting by the media, to his own comments, to the opposition to gun control laws aimed at deterring the violence.Obama said there is a gun for roughly every man, woman and child in the U.S. He asked how anyone with a straight face can make the argument that more guns will make people safer.Obama's call for new gun laws was echoed minutes later by Vice President Joe Biden, who told a global summit in New York that there's a consensus in the U.S. that would support "sane gun legislation".However, Republican candidate Mike Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, said Obama's remarks were meant to exploit the tragedy to advance an "anti-gun agenda".
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