When he took the lectern to address reporters in the wake of the mass shooting that left 10 dead at Umpqua Community College in Oregon Thursday, President Obama was visibly frustrated.
He talked about the deadening routine of gun violence and the monotonous media coverage that follows.
He talked about the fleeting heartache that attends massacres and the short-winded calls to overhaul gun laws.
And he had a request for the media: Put the death toll in perspective by comparing the thousands of Americans killed by gun violence with those killed by terrorism. He wanted reporters and editors throughout the United States to provide context illustrating the disproportionate amount of people murdered with guns every year:
I would ask news organizations, because I won’t put these facts forward — have news organizations tally up the number of Americans who’ve been killed through terrorist attacks in the last decade, and the number of Americans who’ve been killed by gun violence, and post those side by side on your news reports.