UCC Shooting: Hollywood Reacts to "Abhorrent" Incident
"Each time this happens, I'm going to say that we can actually do something about it," said Obama.
An unidentified gunman opened fire in an Oregon college on Thursday, killing 10 people and injuring 7 more.
The shooting took place in the morning at Umpqua Community College near Roseburg. Authorities have identified the shooter as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer.
President Barack Obama spoke about the mass shooting hours after it occurred, stressing that America's gun laws needed to be changed if future shootings were to be avoided.
"Somehow this has become routine," said Obama. "The reporting has become routine. My response here, from this podium, has become routine. Each time this happens, I'm going to say that we can actually do something about it. But we are going to have to change our laws. This is not something I can do by myself. I hope and pray that I don’t have to come out again during my tenure as president to offer my condolences to families. But based on my experience as president, I can't guarantee that, and that's terrible to say," he said.
Here's how several Hollywood figures reacted to news of the tragedy:
I can’t imagine what the families of UCC are going through. The world is rising up to hold you in the light. I hope you can feel our love.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 1, 2015
Love to Oregon— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) October 1, 2015
Numb, dumb, right, left, whatever we are, NO ONE wants this to happen again. Let's work TOGETHER to make it stop #UCCShooting— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) October 1, 2015
This shooting in Oregon is pathetic and abhorrent. My heart goes out. It's such a useless tragedy.— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) October 1, 2015
Oh my god, Oregon State. When will this stop? This is madness. We must stop the NRA & its choke ... https://t.co/0iJOViyOSm— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 1, 2015
Prayers up and condolences out to the victims & their families.#UCCshooting— Liz Hernandez (@LizHernandez) October 1, 2015
Will mass shootings in this country ever stop?? Heart is broken. #Oregon— Heather Matarazzo (@HeatherMatarazz) October 1, 2015
My heart aches for Umqua College in Oregon right now. This story is sadly too familiar these days.— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) October 1, 2015
Heart broken and frustrated to hear about yet another mass shooting in the US. As always thinking of victims and loved ones. #UCCShooting— Rose McIver (@imrosemciver) October 1, 2015
While U.S. has 5% of the world's population, it saw 31% of public mass shootings #UCCShooting— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) October 1, 2015
Our hearts go out to the victims of the #UCCShooting, all the way from here in New Zealand.— Maroon 5 (@maroon5) October 1, 2015
Please pray for Oregon.— Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) October 1, 2015
Sad sad day for all the loss in Oregon.— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) October 1, 2015
My hearts and prayers for those in Oregon. https://t.co/NW1rNBVvP1— Eva Longoria (@EvaLongoria) October 1, 2015
#Oregon my heart is with you...I think the fact that this is happening on a regular basis shows we need to change some things...— Laura Marano (@lauramarano) October 1, 2015