In brief remarks to the press this afternoon regarding this morning’s Baton Rouge police shootings, President Obama looked appropriately somber in expressing outrage at three more dead police officers only ten days after five LEOs were killed in Dallas. He called for Americans to focus on words and actions that will unite us rather than divide us.
This statement was notable in that, unlike previous statements in the wake of other shootings, he refrained from commenting on any of the facts of the case. Nor — against all odds — did he take the opportunity to decry the fact that Americans have the right to keep and bear arms.
The closest he came to mentioning firearms was when he noted that a bullet only has to be right once, but we need to be reminded of peace over and over again. Or something to that effect. It was surely one of the least inflammatory post-tragedy addresses he’s made during his presidency.