Obama calls for strengthened gun laws following South Carolina mass shooting

Obama calls for strengthened gun laws following South Carolina mass shooting

A 21-year-old man has been arrested over a fatal mass shooting in the US state of Carolina, prompting President Barack Obama to again call for tighter gun control.

Dylann Roof allegedly took part in a prayer meeting at the Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston yesterday, before opening fire.

Eight people died at the scene, while a ninth died while being transported to hospital.

The church’s pastor, Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who is also a democratic state Senator, is among those killed.

President Obama says America again needs to look at how its laws allow violent people to get their hands of guns.

“We do know that once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun,” he said at the White House.

“At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this kind of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. It is in our power to do something about it.”

Roof has been taken in to custody in North Carolina, about a four hour drive from the scene of the shooting.

A photo on Roof’s Facebook page shows him wearing a black jacket with patches emblazoned with the flags of apartheid-era South Africa and the former white-minority ruled Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.

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