Obama calls for better background checks after Washington shooting

Obama calls for better background checks after Washington shooting

US President Barack Obama says the mass shooting at a Washington military base shows the United States needs a better way to check whether gun buyers have mental health problems.

President Obama has made the comments as more details emerge about Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old government contractor, who is suspected of killing 12 people in a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard yesterday, before police killed him in a gun battle.

President Obama says the fact there is no firm background check system is something that makes the US more vulnerable to these kinds of mass shootings.

It comes as the victims of yesterday’s shooting have been named today.

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