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Obama vows to reduce violence after Wisconsin temple shooting


08:08, August 07, 2012

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday pledged to "examine additional ways" to reduce violence in the wake of a shooting rampage at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, but stopped at making a push for new gun control laws.

"All of us are heartbroken by what's happened," Obama told reporters in the Oval Office on Monday, a day after the suspect, identified as army veteran Wade Michael Page, killed six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin before being shot to death by police.

Obama ordered the U.S. flags at the White House and all public buildings nationwide to be flown at half-staff to honor the victims of Sunday's mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

According to the proclamation, flags should be flown at half- staff until sunset of August 10. It is also the second time in just about two weeks that Obama has ordered flags to be flown half-staff in wake of a shooting. In July, a shocking mass shooting broke out at a Colorado movie theater that claimed 12 lives and wounded nearly 60.

Obama said "these kinds of terrible, tragic events are happening with too much regularity" and vowed to "do some soul-searching" and to "examine additional ways" to reduce violence.

However, the White House ruled out the possibility that Obama would call for or push forward for new gun control laws in the aftermath of the two shooting rampages in about two weeks.

"I think there are a lot of elements involved in it, and what I want to do is to bring together law enforcement, community leaders, faith leaders, elected officials of every level to see how we can make continued progress," said Obama.

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