We can only speculate on why Obama mentioned the fact that most gun deaths are self-inflicted rather than inflicted on others, but it does help undermine the narrative pushed by the gun control crowd. With even their messiah confessing that homicides are a tiny fraction of violent incidents involving guns, progressives will be hard-pressed to convince Americans that firearms have caused unprecedented rates of murder across the nation.
“Early in his speech–published by The Washington Post–Obama said, ‘Every single year, more than 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by guns — 30,000.' He said this was a combination of ‘suicides, domestic violence, gang shootouts, [and] accidents,' but he did not elaborate on which of these reasons for death made up the lion’s share. Rather, he built on the number ‘30,000,' saying:
Hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost brothers and sisters or buried their own children. Many have had to learn to live with a disability or learn to live without the love of their life. A number of those people are here today. They can tell you some stories. In this room right here, there are a lot of stories. There’s a lot of heartache. There’s a lot of resilience, there’s a lot of strength, but there’s also a lot of pain. And this is just a small sample.”
Well over halfway through his speech, Obama admitted that “high-profile mass shootings” draw attention to the “few mentally unstable people who inflict harm on others, but the truth is that nearly two in three gun deaths are from suicides.”