WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 22: U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during a memorial service for victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting at the Marine Barracks September 22, 2013 in Washington, DC. The president and the first lady visited with families of the victims in the deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. Thirteen people, including the gunman Aaron Alexis, were killed in the incident. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is calling on Americans to raise their voices against the gun violence that has rattled the nation several times during his time in office, saying it "falls upon us to make it different."
Obama spoke at a memorial service Sunday for the 12 men and women killed in the Washington Navy Yard last week. The president and first lady Michelle Obama also visited with the victims' families.
Obama says it has become clear that change will not come from politicians in Washington, who have been unable or unwilling to change the nation's gun laws even when tragedy strikes the capital city. Instead, Obama says, change will have to come the only way it ever has - from people demanding action.
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