President Barack Obama expressed sorrow and anger for the killing of nine people Wednesday at an historic black church in Charleston, S.C. Obama said he and his wife personally knew Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the pastor of the church, who was among the nine people killed. The president said he has had to make statements following gun violence "too many times." He said the country would have to come to grips at some point with gun violence. "Let's be clear, at some point we'll have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other countries," Obama said. The president said he was aware that gun control was politically unpopular in Washington "right now."
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