President Obama gives powerful address following Oregon shooting - as celebrities react

President Barack Obama had called for tighter gun laws after nine people were left dead and seven others were injured in a college shooting in Oregon on Thursday morning. Just a few hours after the tragedy, the visibly frustrated president gave an impassioned press conference saying that his inability to reform gun legislation has been the biggest frustration of his two terms in office.

Mr Obama has repeatedly attempted to tackle America's gun violence, but has consistently been blocked by Congress. "Somehow this has become routine," he said of the shooting. "The reporting is routine, my response here at this podium ends up being routine, the conversation in the aftermath of it… We've become numb to this.

"We've talked about this after Columbine, after Blacksburg, after Tucson, after Newtown, after Aurora, after Charleston… It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun."

He concluded his powerful address by speaking directly to the American people. "So tonight, as those of us who are lucky enough to hug our kids a little closer are thinking about the families who aren't so fortunate," the president said. "I'd ask the American people to think about how they can get our government to change these laws, and to save these lives, and let these people grow up."

In the aftermath of the shooting, which took place at Umpqua Community College, celebrities flocked to Twitter to offer their condolences to the family and friends of the victims.

Shortly after the news broke, Ellen DeGeneres took to social media. "I can't imagine what the families of UCC are going through," she wrote. "The world is rising up to hold you in the light. I hope you can feel the love."

Amy Schumer simply tweeted: "Love to Oregon", while Eva Longoria added: "My hearts and prayers for those in Oregon."

Katie Couric wrote: "So terrible. My thoughts are with all of those at Umpqua Community College." George Takei, meanwhile, said: "Heartbroken to hear of another shooting. So many lives lost. Thoughts and prayers are with the victims & families."

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