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i'm brooke baldwin, you're watching cnn. in minutes we'll be hearing from the governor of the state of oregon who will be speaking about the massier yesterday. and a string of new details are being revealed now. nine people were killed, another nine victims wounded. the lone shooter is dead and some of the writings that have been found, more on that in a is second. also moments ago authorities have recovered more than a dozen
weapons. >> so far we have recovered 13 weapons. out of those 13 weapons we currently have in custody, 6 were recovered at the school. 7 were recovered at the shooter's residence. all 14 have been traced to a federal firearms dealer. they are all at different stages currently in the tracing process. >> we have full coverage for you at this hour now as we move you live to the community college. anna is in roseburg. i have deborah feyerick with me as well. so we will get to the victims and the survivors, of course, and the stories of heroism in a moment. let me turn to you and ask, we are now learning a little bit as far as what happened yesterday in this shooter keeping one of these could be victims alive basically saying, you need to deliver this box. >> that's exactly right. one of the victims, a young girl was speaking to her father
before she entered surgery. she told him a number of things including he was the one who said that he was targeting the people in the room were christians. another thing is she said that he gave someone a small box and said you've got to deliver this. now we are also learning that there are some sort of documents that investigators are now pouring over. they are his ramblings, his rantings, he's clearly angry and isolated and can't get a girlfriend, he's frustrated and can't sustain relationships. we have also learned that back in 20 ol he was in the military for a month and wasn't able to get through the train iing. so the military sent him home for issues they are not telling us about. he began to develop what appears to be an obsession with these massacres. one of the websites he was on he downloaded a a documentary and the documentary was about the
surviving sandy hook. he blogs on that same sort of file sharing website about the two reporters who were killed in virginia basically saying that gunman was unknown and carries out this horrible act and everybody knows his name. so he's 26 years old. e we know that. and right now, everybody is trying to peel back to find out where specifically and what pushed him over the edge. >> note rye ri and inspiration from some of the previous shootings, it's a pattern. standby. let me go to anna cabrera in roseburg. you were there at the news conference. that's when e we learned how many weapons were recovered. >> even more than e we imagined initially. 6 of those 13 weapons, we're told, were recovered on campus at the shooting scene. seven other firearms were recovered at the shooter's residence. all of them, we learned, purchased legally in the last
three years either by the shooter or family members. this is a man who was 26 years old of legal age to buy firearms. his family apparently telling our sources that he, in fact, did suffer mental illness and had sought treatment for mental illness. still a lot of questions about what role that played. the other thing we learned was recovered from the scene alongside a rifle, according to atf, was a flap jacket. it it had steel plates and five magazines. this guy came loaded with a lot of ammunition that could have been involved in a prolonged gunfight if it hadn't been for a couple police officers who responded in minutes and engaged the shooter in a shootout ultimately ending with the shooter dead. i talked with the president of this community college just a few minutes ago. she told me they do not believe this 26-year-old man was a current student at the community college.
she also said they are looking into whether he had had had been a student there in the past, but there's no indication as to why he targeted their college or these specific classes where he initially opened fire was an english class. as we work to get more information and put the clues together, we're also e seeing a tremendous outpouring of unity in this community and an outpouring of love and the president spoke to that as well. >> seems to have touched so many people in the community. ashleigh banfield, tell me about the victims and survivors. >> well, it happened .8 of a mile from where i'm standing. you can see it's still roped off with crime tape this far out. this is still a crime scene even a mile away from this community college. what happened in those beautiful hills behind me is nothing short of a horror story. e we get some of these octobers
from those people who survived. one of them told her dad and her brother some of the details of what happened in one of those classrooms where so many were executed literally feet from her. she herself took a bullet to the back and was down on the ground. she was being ordered to stand up by this killer, but she played dead and because of that, she was able to hear and see what went on around her. he systemically asked people to stand and then asked them what their religions were. those who said they were christian were executed point-blank. some in the head. . we are unclear at this point of the details of those who answered otherwise. there could have been other details with regard to other religious animosities that we don't know about yet. let's make sure we're clear about this. there's another detail that she told her father and her brother. that was all of their belongings, as you can imagine in the melee, were scattered
everywhere. the dead and the living. she was no different. her cell phone rang. she was able to actually speak with her brother. this as she lay on the ground with a bullet in her back and she said to her brother, i'm alive, but i can't feel my legs. she was also the person who was able to recount to her own father just before she went in for surgery to remove that bullet from her back that she overheard and may have actually been able to see this killer actually hand off this box to one of the survivors commanding that survivor you're going to need to deliver this to someone. so that may be the connection between the manifesto of papers and ramblings and perhaps they were inside that box that she was able to actually witness the transfer of. but it's just been an incredible series of details that have come from inside one of those
classrooms, brooke. >> thank you so much. as we talk about those who did survive, multiple hospitals receiving a number of patients. we are just getting a statement in from one of the medical centers. the sacred heart medical center, here's their update. >> i want to give you an update on the patient status. we took in three patients yesterday from roseburg. they are all three stable at this time. we downgraded one to a lower level of care from critical. she is going to be transferred out of the icu today and to the ward for the remainder of her hospitalization. the other two remain intubated, sedated. one has significant head injury, but clinically, she's doing well. i think from a standpoint she's going to recover from this
injury. she has many orthopedic injuries that need to be addressed yet and will probably return to the operating room one or two more times to have those addressed. the final patient is in the o.r. this morning undergoing orthopedic repair. some broken bones, secondary to the gunshot wounds, she had a laparotomy done to look at the injuries in her abdomen and is doing well from that standpoint. any questions at this time? >> we will not be releasing the names of these patients. we're going to leave that up either to the local police department or roseburg. >> what is it specifically that you offered up here? we were talking to folks and they said they had to come up here because they needed neurosurgery that they couldn't
offer down there. safe to assume or a fact that all had head injuries? >> no, we had one with a gunshot wound to the head, one with a gunshot wound to the spine. i mean, i think, first of all, we need to talk about mercy did a fantastic job yesterday in providing the initial care to these patients, triaging them. i u don't know what they took care of personally down there. i haven't had a chance to talk with them. the way they package d the patients up and prepared them for transport and got them to us in a timely manner was fantastic. all the patients were stable and had appropriate interventions prior to being transferred to us. the most critical one was the one with the head injury. e we knew they were coming. we activated our mass casualty protocols here at sacred heart. with the number of potential
injuries that we're expecting, i think i received the first phone call about 10:30. i was actually in the o.r. at this time operating on another patient and received a phone call from the trauma surgeon down at mercy. they let me know the status and what to expect and we activated our mass casualty protocols. we actually had 63 personnel in the e.r. by 11:00. we needed 60. we activated four trauma teams, which consisted a trauma surgeon, anesthesia, scribe, two med teches, chaplain, so it was a great response from the community. we had e.r. physicians, anesthesiologists, surgeons who were not even on call call in or text in or even come in to see what we needed.
we had two neurosurgeons which we contacted personally letting them know we needed their assistance. we had to vascular surgeons come down. and orthopedics and then we had eight trauma surgeons involved in the care yesterday. dr. litman took care of the one with the gunshot wound to the chest. i'll let him talk to that. >> so in general, from the time that all of the patients arrived to the time they got to the operating room is variable based on their injuries. for the two most critical, they were out of the e.r. in 30 minutes or less. just depending on their
injuries. the surgery i was in took about four hours. the operating room was being utilized by one of the patients for six or seven hours total, but that was spread out based on who needed to be in the o.r. at what point and how many surgeons needed to be involved in our operating room. we had three anesthesiologists getting ready for surgery. at the end of the case, the orthopedic surgeon evaluated the extr extremity injuries that needed to be evaluated. so it was a tremendous team effort as far as getting everything that we could get done done at the same time. and making sure she was still doing well under anesthesia and ready to continue doing well.
>> the young woman that suffered a gunshot wound to the back was talking. >> was she getting any kind of information about where she felt pain or anything that helped you with her case? >> yes, her physical exam she cooperated with that and was able to participate and help us diagnose the extent of her injuries. it was a little more relaxed with her care because the injuries were not life threatening. of course, life, limb and eyesight is how we triage patients with respect to who gets intervention first. the bullet wound was low enough that she didn't have a lot of neurologic deficit. so we were able to take our time, get a computerized scan of her back, assess where the
bullet was, had neurosurgery evaluate her, had a discussion about the benefit risk of an mri given the fact that the bullets today are all metal, we can't use an mri any longer. he did a neurologic design. >> you have been listening to a number of doctors here that's been treating a a numb of these victims from this mass shooting from yesterday at the community college. so we are always wanting to get updates here on those who are being treated going into detail now as far as how severe some of the injuries are and really the state of the individuals as they were being rushed into the hospital right around this time yesterday. as we stay on this breaking story, want to give you a heads up. we're waiting for the governor of oregon and she will be address i addressing the shootings any moment now. we'll take that live. also ahead, just a month ago i sat in a room in washington, d.c. with 40 men, women, sisters, brothers, all touched by gun violence.
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response here at this podium ends up being routine, the conversation in the aftermath of it, we have become numb to this. we talked about this after column bien and blacksburg, tucson, newtown, aurora, charleston. it cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun. >> while many of the scenes of these mass shootings are becoming too familiar, it doesn't lessen the shock for those there in roseburg. survivors say they never thought something like this could happen. shelby is one of those who was locked in the cafeteria as all of this unfold ed.
she joins me live from the campus. shelby, thank you for joining me. i'm so sorry for the loss of fellow students and those at your college. who you how are you holding up today? >> it's been a difficult day. no one has gotten any sleep. you heard that from a lot of people. we're all kind of hanging in there at this point in time and just flabbergasted that this happened in our community. it's unbelievable. it's not what i was expecting my fifth day of college to be honestly. >> of course, not and it shouldn't be. it shouldn't have happened. can you take me back to being in the cafeteria. you were along a glass wall -- did you hear the shots? what did you see? >> we did not hear any shots where we were at. i was going to lunch between two courses and sitting there and a gentleman opened the door and said i don't want any of you leaving or going anywhere. someone said you need to line up on the wall. we lined up on the one wall and on the opposite side was a full
glass wall where the doors where everyone can come into the campus center and the cafeteria. it was very scary being in open glass and not a sealed room. >> i can't imagine. i cannot imagine. so you're told to stand along this wall. we're hearing stories of students locking doors and some playing dead to survive. did you know what to do in the case of a school shooting? were protocols in place? >> there were no protocols in place. this was my first year at ucc. i mean, i'm just used to hearing some other gentlemen said we practice this in high school and elementary school but not in a college atmosphere. we had no protocol really what to do in a case like this. things just moved so quickly. >> i know that once it happened so quickly and law enforcement got everyone out bus by bus to the fairgrounds, i understand
you were waiting for a friend at the fairgrounds. is your friend okay? >> my friend is not okay. he's not with us any longer. we waited and waited and waited and they told us that there was more buss coming and they went in and took me into be debriefed and interviewed to know what my car was and all of that information. i went back in the room and an officer, i believe he was a fire marshal, kind of choked up and spoke up and said there's no more buss coming. no one else is coming. if you have a loved one missing, you need to go over to the flags and get a picture and a name and let them know so we can let people know. it was upwards to 12 hours before some of the people knew found out their members were gone. >> unreal. shelby, thank you so much for joining me. i'm so sorry. >> thank you for having me. >> when the shots rang out at this community college, we almost immediately learned that nine people were killed.
many others were injured. my mind went to a special group of people. members of a so-called club nobody wants to join. mothers and fathers and sisters and brothers who have all lost people they love to gun violence. i sat down in washington, d.c. last month with 40 people. this is what they want. this is a piece of my town hall with the loneliest club. >> nobody is safe from this. i don't care who you are or where you stand, nobody is safe from this. until we stand up and ask and demand that people start acting with some sort of morality and change some legislation, what is going on. after newtown, i stood in front of the television camera saying to myself, oh, my god, something is going to happen. i cried for three weeks straight because i knew as a child what
those children had been through. i knew. i thought something is going to happen now. we're not going to have all these children mass murdered and we're not going to do something as a nation. >> people think this conversation we're having is really about taking guns from everybody. or the other reality -- >> that's a huge misconception. people think you people think people shouldn't have guns. >> the other cannot defeat us on background checks. they have to associate with an extreme end point in order to muddy the wear erts and make people confused. because when they do have a genuine background check conversation, the average american thinks this makes sense. this ought to be done everywhere. >> my husband was killed by a man who was diagnosed with schizophrenia. he sent his girlfriend to buy
the gun and killed my husband. you have to ask how could a mentally ill person who is a felon on top of that get away with sending his girlfriend to buy the gun and still haven't found the gun. his death has been devastating for me. he was the love of my life. >> our kids and our families deserve better in this country. . the rest of the world looks at us and they don't understand how we can live like this. we're the most technologically advanced country in the world and we have not come to grips with this problem. we need to do whatever it takes. >> that was richard martinez, his son was killed last year during a shooting rampage at uc santa barbara. he made it his life's work to
reform gun laws. he joins me live. sitting in that room with you, we all said there will be a next time. we have had the next time here in oregon. when you heard the news, as a father who has lost a child, where does your mind immediately go? >> you remember what it was like. you remember what it's like to get that phone call and another interviewer asked me if i was surprised. i'm not surprised that this happened. it can happen tomorrow. we haven't done enough in this country to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. one of the things that we can do to do that is universal background checks on all gun sales. that's something that's supported by the vast majority of people in this country and because of the lack of leadership in congress it hasn't happened. it's happened at the state levels just this past year oregon became the 18th state to adopt background checks.
background checks will not prevent all gun violence. but in the states that have background checks, there's far less gun violence. so we know they do work. we need to insist that the political leaders of this country adopt common sense measures to adopt gun violence. it's like this in other developed countries. other developed countries in the world have the same per capita number of people mentally ill as we do. they keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. as a result, they have far less gun violence. >> when i was listening to that news conference and heard that a member of law enforcement in oregon saying it was 13 or 14 guns recovered here all bought legally. when you know you're going to have folks saying, what would background checks do to e
prevent something like this from happening? he had all these guns legally. >> as i said, brooke, background checks won't prevent all gun violence, but one of the things that every town for gun safety has been working on is red flag legislation. that's passed in california. what that does is allows immediate family members or law enforcement to go in front of a judge and present evidence that a person is a danger to themselves or other people. the judge can order that this person turn in any guns they have and order that they not be allowed to buy a gun. so it gives families and law enforcement the tool to act proactively to prevent people who are seriously mentally ill from carrying out these terrible thi things and potentially harming themselves. >> i know a huge piece of this conversation is mental illness and we're going to talk to sanjay gupta later about that.
here's the other issue. in oregon you have the sheriff in douglas county after newtown, now in his own hometown the sheriff is standing up against any kind of gun control legislation. he says that it ompbds the rights of my citizens. what would you say to that sheriff? >> i would say take a look at the rest of the country. the countries that have -- the states that have the best background check laws have the least amount of gun violence. i can't accept people saying there's nothing we can do about this. i can't accept people who say we have -- >> what about the president's point that we're numb?
that the nation is numb. does he have a point? >> you're not numb, but other people could be. >> i was in washington state this past november. it was the first time that a gun safety initiative had been put directly to the voters of the state. in that state, when voters were given an opportunity to choose common sense gun laws, they chose common sense gun laws by almost 60% to 40%. i think a lot of people in the country think that we have a more comprehensive background check system than we actually have. the polls show that the vast majority of americans support background checks and that's something the people in congress need to listen to and take action to allow this situation to continue, they have to decide. are they going to be part of the
solution or part of the problem. continuing inaction by congress just means that these things are going to continue. one of the things, too, 88 people die from gun violence every single day in this country and hundreds are injured. it's not just mental health. every day women and children are killed in domestic violence situations involving anger management, alcohol and drugs. that situation is not a mental health issue. we need to address the issue of mental health and guns. we need to address the issue of domestic violence and guns. we need to address inner city problems and violence with guns. there's not one solution that's going to address all these issues. but we need to have a discussion in this country, and we need to take action. i have a sense of urgency because the longer it takes us to get this done, the more
people are going to die in situations that are preventable. that's unacceptable to me and it should be unacceptable to the rest of the country. if you want to reduce gun violence -- >> i have to go. i appreciate it. it can happen to anyone. let's go live to roseburg, oregon. >> it looks like we're waiting getting a couple people in place. we're waiting to hear -- here e
we go. >> i'm a douglas county commissioner. thank you for being here this morning. this morning i'm here to introduce each of our speakers. but before i do that, i want to thank our governor and our federal delegation for being here to support us in these very difficult days. each of the speaker is going to give their statement and we're not going to do any questions. we're here today to let the federal delegation have a chance to explain their thoughts and as time goes by, we'll have more opportunity to understand more of what's happened and have further dialogue. the first speaker i'd like to introduce and i'm thankful for the governor for being here and coming down yesterday to help with this difficult situation is governor brown. >> thank you. thank you, commissioner freeman, and thank you for your leadership yesterday.
all of oregon stands with umpqua community college and the city of roseburg. i'm proud of how the community pulled together to care and comfort each other during this horrific crisis. i want to thank our police, our firefighters, our dispatchers, our emergency medical personnel and all those at the college for their heroic efforts yesterday. oregon has worked continuously to prevent these kind of tragedies, but they continue to happen here and across the nation, and it is going to keep happening until we decide we want them to stop. there's no single solution that will prevent every shooting, but we must and we will do better to prevent these types of senseless
violence. this is a conversation that we will have, but today is not the day. today we must be focused on provide i providing the support and condolences and help this community heal. as e we move forward, we can honor the lives lost at ucc best by remembering what it means to be a caring community. to demonstrate more kindness, respect each other more, and take the time to truly connect to the people around us. this is a very difficult time for all of us, and of course, especially those here in douglas county, whose lives and families were changed by the events of yesterday. one person's deranged act may have broken all of our hearts, but he cannot prevent our hearts
from growing back bigger and stronger and more committed to the oregon that we all love so very much. thank you. >> thank you, governor brown. our next speaker, and i should mention the next three speakers got on planes and flew out here from washington, d.c. to be with us today. i'm very grateful for their efforts. the next speaker is senator ron widen. >> in the last 24 hours, oregonens struggled with unspeakable tragedy, grieved for the victims and the families and loved ones and gave a big, big thanks to our courageous first responders. right now is a time for healing
and helping the community. for the future, it is clear that it does have to be about more than words and good intentions if this carnage is to finally end. as a country, we cannot just shrug our shoulders and move on. in my view, ending these massacres is going to require compromise. compromise that is about rights and responsibilities. gun owners have rights under the law and there must be responsibilities if these massacres are going to end. oregon is exactly the place to
lead this conversation. what we have shown as oregonens again and again is we can step forward and help our people as we seek to help this community today and show a bit of light for the rest of the nation. today is not about what any of us in the united states congress have voted for in the past. it is about what common ground we as people who don't always agree can find in the future. >> thank you, senator. next we have senator birkley.
>> we have a long series of names branded on our hearts from across the nation. places like columbine, sandy hook and now here at umpqua community college here in roseburg. it's a list of names that no community ever wants to have been included in. and at this moment, this senseless act has broken hearts, every heart here. this is a small community. it's a community where everyone knows someone who was hurt or killed yesterday. the community has come together in an extraordinary fashion.
the first responders responded quickly and competently. the sheriff, the county commissioners and the mayor and city manager all jumped in to make decisions in a flash to respond and address the situation. they did an incredible job, but there is no response that can repair the broken hearts. yesterday when i walked back from the capital to the office building, i was told there's been a tragedy in oregon. there's been a mass shooting in oregon and, senator, it's from your home county, douglas county. i have a special place in my heart for this county.
i was born in myrtle creek just south of here. when i was about 2 we moved here to roseburg. i went to 1st grade here. i have family on both sides. my father's side and mother's side and this morning i was asked about my family down here. and i must say i never thought it could possibly be that my family, my extended family and cousins were directly affected. but as i said, this is a small town and everyone is affected. and one of the individuals who died is the great granddaughter of my first cousin, so she is my cousin. and i just tell you, every heart is damaged and broken. and this community is coming
together to embrace each other, to exercise the companionship, the love, the affection, no one could have envisioned that here in this wonderful, beautiful place of roseburg that this could happen. it is going to give us all food for thought. this long list gets longer with every passing week and month we have had 18 school shootings here in o 2015. we have had 45 mass shootings in america in 2015. so we'll be carrying our hearts not only the sorrow and pain, but also the responsibility to ponder what we can do that there
will be fewer cities, that this list will not continue to grow as it had has. thank you. >> our next representative. >> 25 hours after this tragedy, this is a day for us to mourn those who died and to give as much as we can to their family and friends. and to pray for those still in the hospital. and then for this community. for the townspeople, today is a
day of mourning. we'll go through grief. we'll have memorials. and then there will come a time when we have all the facts from the investigation, which is ongoing that we may find discreet ways to deal with problems in the future. unfortunately, this is not the first time that i've spoken at a news conference like this. thurston took place two miles from my home. in the case of thurston, it was like i saw the press conference today. tremendous demand for information, which isn't yet ready available. for solutions, which we can't even begin to think of until we know all the facts. and the impatience. this is not a time to be impatient. it's a time first to come together in solidarity and to give what solace we can to those
who have lost so much. there will come a time where we'll move forward with ideas and solutions and i expect this delegation with the support of these local officials and our governor to move together in unison. but that is not today. that's for the future. thank you. >> i'd like everybody to come in closer, please. ladies and gentlemen, thank you for being here today. on behalf of the board of commissioners, i want to thank this graup of people that has responded a at all levels of government, city, county, state, federal, the tribes here helping us and i really want to thank the first responders that are behind us. we are all here to support the victims and families of this horrible incident. thank you. >> so they are not taking questions. we're going to pull away from
that. you heard a number of members of congress there representing the state of oregon, all offering their sorrow. touching so many people saying today is not the day essentially to politicize what's happening shs but it is very important part of this conversation moving forward. i want to broaden this conversation now. let me bring in our chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta. also we have lieutenant francona, who lives in oregon and is familiar with this it area. he's back with us today. also cnn contributor casey jordan is with us. and homeland security expert david cats here as well. . casey jordan, why does this keep happening? >> there are not enough hours in the day to really answer that question, except that the pattern that keeps being revealed is is it's mostly males, predominantly white in
their 20s and all feel maligned by life. i don't want to call them losers, but they have a number of failures with school can, relationships, jobs, and they want to scapegoat all their failures on to someone or something else. and sometimes they pick a a microkoz m of society and you can't get focused on whether they hate women or blacks or religious people. it's that they are looking for anyone and anything to external liez the blame on to. >> which is what they do. they want notoriety. >> once they pull off this violent act, their power will be solved even if they don't live through it, they will experience power and have the last word once in their lives. >> but he's dead. >> they have this tom sawyer concept that they are going to hover over their funeral and
watch cnn and say, yeah, i did it. they don't realize once they are dead, the infamy is going to be completely negative and you have to give the sheriff a lot of credit. he refuses to say this man's name. he's not interested in letting him have one second of fame. >> i haven't said his name either. david, your reaction. >> i won't say his name either. this is an issue of someone tried to go from security can to infamy. that point is well made. also, they do this by deliberately identifying and targeting places that offer the victims no hope. either escape or fighting back. those are two commonalitiecommo. until we make adjustments, we're not making any difference. >> sanjay, i want to bring you into this. you have updates as far as some of the victims in the hospital. i want to hear the voice on the mental health aspect of the
stories we keep covering. >> there's such a conflict here in so many ways. we talk about mental illness and it bares repeating. it seems like we talk about this in the wake of awful tragedy. people with mental illness are more likely to be victims of violence rather than perpetrators of violence. i say that at the outset because there's already so much stigma against people with mental illness that they are more likely to be victims. that bears repeating. having said that, somebody who does this has some component of mental illness. e he may have recognized that in himself. the problem is that it's really hard to get treatment. it's really hard to get a diagnosis. it's hard to get outpatient therapy. it's hard to find an inpatient bed. that system is broken. we talk about parody, making mental illness on par with physical illness. we're nowhere close to that.
that's not the only cause of this, obviously. but it's a big one. it's one that's forgotten a lot. >> do me a favor, standby. we're going to continue this conversation. we are now hearing from the president of the united states next hour. he will be addressing a personnel change within the administration, but he will be asked questions presumably will be germane to what happened here in roseburg, oregon. please stay with me. i'm brooke baldwin. this is cnn's special live coverage. bill's got a very tough 13lie here...... looks like we have some sort of
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you're watching cnn, i'm brooke baldwin. we're continuing our coverage of what happened in roseburg, oreg oregon. i want to bring in ashleigh banfield. colonel francona lives in oregon and is familiar with this area and was instrumental in our coverage yesterday. i also have a homeland security expert here. it bobbles my mind. it continues to happen. beyond that, your thought is what? >> two things, one is making sure people with these types of issues, whether they are mental issue, anger issues, whatever the circumstance is, make sure they do not get their hands on firearms. this is no way shape or form. it's these people -- the other thing everyone needs to know if
something like this happened, what do you do. new york city is requiring every high-rise building to do this training starting next month. first municipality in the world to do that. >> let's bring in ashleigh banfield. i have been watching you all day and you have been getting story after story of how somebody played dead or survived or lost someone and colonel francona, it hits home that this has affected every sung l person in this community there. >> it has. and i talked to people in town, i communicate with people via spoeshl media that live here. they are still in shock. they are very upset that now roseburg has become synonymous with all the other tragedies we have seen over the last several years. this is not what this community is about. they are worried about the stigma that will be attached to it from here on. we all love this place. that's why i moved here.
the natural beauty and just the freedom that we have here. so we're worried that's going to be impacted forever. >> ashleigh banfield, final thought from you? you're surrounded by what's happening. your biggest take away thus far? >> reporter: i just keep coming back to the fact that it's so stunning and beautiful behind us. and yet in between me and those lovely mountains is crime tape and investigators. it's a crime scene that's an eighth of a mile from the college. imagine what the frenzy of forensic activity is trying to process that horrifying scene on that college. i have so much work still to do and those families and n this community have so much to mourn still. it's a really tough place to be. >> hearing from the first responders and law enforcement and folks who work in douglas county, they all know people who have either gone through this community college or taught this community college.
this has affected so many people. colonel, this has added to the list of the littletons and newtowns and auroras. thank you so much. now this. we are continuing our special live coverage here on cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. beginning with new developments of this massacre in this oregon community college. we have the late u.s. updates from the shootings. they refuse to say the name of the gunman who killed those people and wounded nine others. authorities revealed plenty of e details about the arsenal. an atf official says investigators recovered 13 weapons at his home and at the scene and that he had used a 14th weapon as a trade in for one of the guns he used at the
school. >> out of the 13 weapons, 6 were recovered at the school, 7 were recovered at the shooter's residence. all 14 have been traced to a dealer. they are all at different stages currently in the tracing process. >> again, you will not hear anyone from this law enforcement operation use his name. i continue to believe that those media and community members who publicize his name will only glorify his horrific actions. >> with me now i have david cats, global security ceo. he's still with me. also with us now is deborah feyerick, who has been digging on the investigation side of things. and anna cabrera live at the public safety center. so i want to get to the victims and update on the survivors in a
moment. but deborah feyerick, let me turn to you, we have new information as far as the shooter's movements. >> that's what's so crazy about th this. whatever he was doing, if the box contained documents or information, the gunman clearly wanted people to understand what he was thinking and perhaps why he did it what he did. we're told that someone was handed a box, one of the victims and the gunman said you got to deliver this. now we are also learning that in fact there are documents that investigators are looking at and in those documents those shooter really portrays an impression of an angry isolated man who can't sustain a relationship and just a racial hatred, actually, of blacks. when you go and look at the
online profiles it doesn't sink up. that's one of the things. he also says that he's looking for a soul mate and he's quiet, but he does better in small groups but tends to open up. there are a lot of things investigators are looking at. this is a critical piece of information. it suggests that while you have the online personality which does show he was look at documentaries like surviving sandy hook as well as blogging about other recent shootings, he actually speaks out against those shootings. so there's really a dichotomy of thought there. his family said he did suffer from mental health issues. they are trying to unravel, but something pushed this man over the edge. >> i want to follow up with you on those points. i want to go to oregon to anna
california can bre ra. we heard from three members of conversation. >> the governor arrived within hours after the shooting. today she's focusing her message on supporting this community, talking about the gratitude for all of the outpouring of love they received here and really focusing her message on trying to lift up the victims and offer support along with the survivors of this shooting. now we were also at a press conference with the sheriff and atf officials apart of the investigation within the last couple hours learning more about the arsenal and weapons used in this crime. i can give you a few more details. five of the weapons found on scene at the crime were pistols and there was also a rifle. alongside that rifle, they found a flap jack complete with steel plates as well as five magazines. they believe that this gunman wanted a prolonged gunfight and was there to kill as many people as he could if it were not for
the two responding officers who were first to arrive on scene who engaged in gunfire with the gunman. now i talked to the president of this community college here. small, rural community college, only a few hundred full-time students. she talked about how shocking this has been and how it's rocked the peacefulness and how they are trying to make sense of the crime. the gunman was not a student at the community college. they were looking at a past stude student. butt big question of why were they targeted is unknown. >> we have just confirmed this shooter did attend another college for two years and no reported incidents with police during his time there. just learning that about the shooter. david, i go back to this number. 13 or 14 weapons. the pistols and magazines, he
was ready for a prolonged fight. >> the issue is not how many guns he has. you're only using one at a time. but it is indicative of the fact that the mind set is he's waiting for police response. he knows the school is a gun-free zone. he's not going to encounter resistance there. he knows police are going to respond. he appears that he's preparing for a shootout with police officers. they did a fantastic job. my complete gratitude and support goes to those guy who is go in knowing they may never see their loved ones either. but remember every time this person bought a firearm, when they check off the form, they are asked about their mental health. they are asking if they have been ajud indicated. e we need to make sure people with this kind of mental illness
or issues cannot purchase firearms. >> their backgrounds, 18 states passed that. >> when you do a background check, it reveals if you have a criminal history. it's rare they say your doctor told us that you're a schizophrenic. that's not going to happen. there should be a way that requires not a ban but at least a nation that there's a secondary level of inspection needed before this it person is given a firearm. >> you want to add something. >> barbara starr confirmed today that he spent a month in the military in basic training and was kicked out because there were issues that the army couldn't even deal with. his family is now confirmed that he was dealing with mental health issues. so all that being equal, you look and wonder why the mother who was in that house appears to have allowed upwards of 14 guns
to be in that home as well. because these guns were purchased by atf over a three-year period when the family got to oregon. >> he was carrying six or seven, seven additional ones were found on campus. >> adam lanza's mother got him a rifle. think of the logic there. you know you have a troubled individual at home. and you're not only are you purchasing a firearm, but you're taking it to the range and showing the operation. the family is the first point at which mental health issues need to be addressed. we have school and doctors, it's the mental health aspect that we're failing on. >> that's your point in having the checks.
it's like wearing a seat belt. you're lessening the odds. >> you have to even with gun control and advocates will say it's people that kill people. you make them widely available and it's not just the good people that are going to get them. it's also people who don't have good intentions. they are also going to have equal access. it takes one moment, one snap to be pushed over the edge and it doesn't matter. that's why we were making the point yesterday even though this area is a gun-free zone, it only matters to people who have no intention of carrying a gun. you have to think about that. >> basically, the issue is there's no stronger support of the second amendment than yours truly. however, everyone i know is in lock step with this. it doesn't mean people who are crazy have that right. there's a due process issue. if you follow due process and make sure a person is psychologically able to own a
firearm or not. i don't think it's that hard of deal. >> congress has to hear that. thank you both very much. then you have these tails of heroism like the army veteran who tried to keep the gunman from one classroom, using his body to block the way. i want to show you photos. here he is with his son. the shooting happened on his n son's birthday. he was shot multiple times. some shots came up after he looked up at the gunman and said it was his son's birthday. both of his legs were broken during the attack. another survivor here of the shooting, she was shot in her back by a bullet that traveled down her spine. she was down on the ground and shouting at her. she had to play dead to survive. we're hearing from her family and others about the terror on
that college campus. >> as he shot the professor point-blank, one shot killed him. >> i heard one gunshot and then i looked over outside and people were running away from the building so i knew what had happened. >> there's a crack underneath the door and i heard footsteps and shadows. >> i sat under the desk and prayed. >> she knocked on it and said is everyone okay. then it was rapid fire. >> and others have been injured. then this man had enough time -- i don't know how much time elapsed before he was able to stand there and start asking people one by one what their religion was. are you a christian, he would ask them. if you're a christian, stand up. they would stand up and he said, good, because you're a christian you're going to see god in just about one second. then he shot and killed them.
>> all of my close friends i have called already and they are all safe. so i'm very grateful for that. i'm just concerned and my heart goes out to the people who can't say the same. >> the range of motion from disbelief to anger to sadness to resolution. it's less than 24 hours. it's still very raw for a lot of people. >> at this point, i'm not sure how long it will take me before i can go back there. i was almost involved with it. it was right on the other side of the door. it could have been me. >> we have heard from the president of the united states expressing the fact that some people in america have become numb in the wake of these shootings. this has become routine in america. next, i'll speak with a survivor of the virginia tech shootings whose made it his life's mission to bring about change in the united states. before earning enough cash back from bank of america to take their act to the next level...
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we are at war, those are the words of the father of allison parker. andy parker wrote this. we are engoinged in a war in this country. it's a war between national, responsible people and self-interested zealots. a war between good and evil. it's a war to decide whether we will continue to let the senseless tragedy of gun violence continue. it goes on to talk about the 30,000 families who lose loved ones to gun violence each and every year. i talked to andy parker just two weeks after his daughter's death in this town hall there in washington, d.c. with 40 people. so-called members of a club that everyone will join. all people touched in some form or fashion by gun violence. >> you have been so vocal since. have you had a chance to grieve?
>> brooke, i have had plenty of chances. it comes in waves and it's like a roller coaster, but it's doing this and trying to do something without making a change that's really kind of kept me from just completely going to pieces. time heals, but there's always going to be a hole in my heart and my soul has been ripped out. this is what keeps me going. >> i hear you talk about gun legislation. you want to keep guns out of the hands of crazy people. what constitutes a win for you here? >> there's just got to be at least some conversation started where the congressmen that are close to any change at all to at least come to the table. part of why we're here is for this whatever it takes rally. i'm going to do whatever it takes, if i have to shame these people. the time has come to stop the
insanity. >> an angry and impassioned president obama challenged the media to compare the number of americans killed by terrorist attacks versus the number of gun violence deaths. here it is. you will see, look at the difference in the numbers. this is from the cdc. 313 deaths by terrorism. 316,000 by firearms. president obama said we're becoming numb. his word, numb, to this type of gun violence. my next guest is making it his life mission that e we don't. he was shot four times in french class during the massacre at virginia tech back in 2007. he joined me now. collin, great to have you on. i hate that we're talking because of what's happened, but it's always a pleasure to have you and thank you for participating in the town hall
in washington as well. >> thank you for having me. i'll continue to talk about this iss issue. we have done nothing as a country since the last major shooting. we really shouldn't be surprised when the next one occurs. that's the thing that gets me. you can have these same conversations with e media all day long and i've been having it for years. the people that need to do the talking and the people you need to be asking questions to are people like the congressman of virginia who chairs the house judiciary committee. 100 gun bills they have done nothing on. i would ask him, what do we do here? or john boehner, the speaker of the house. who now dount have to worry about the plolitical craziness that you have to do that and do what's right and have a discussion on some of these issues. many of these bills he can bring straight to the floor and have a debate on. that's the focus of a lot of the media attention should be on the people at these leverage points
that are bolting up progress. >> do you think we're numb? do you think the president was right? >> it's incredibly difficult to watch these shootings continue to happen and then feel like you rinse and repeat with the media cycle over and over again and nothing happens. but i think every single time something like this happens, more americans get fed up and it becomes their own tipping point and let their lelgt tor know this is something i care about and i want you to do something on. so i think every single time this happens, we get closer to the day where elected officials no longer ignore this issue. people are there already and want to get involved with our work, they can text the word "now" and join us at everytown for gun safety and hold our legisla legislators accountable. >> i know you have been banging your firsts ever since you
graduated virginia tech and made this it your life's mission. you talk about needing change with members of congress. but you hear the sheriff where this mass murder happened at this community college and he specifically stood up against any sort of gun reform after first graders were murdered in sandy hook. he said it of fends the right of his citizens. if he was sitting next to you, what ould you say? >> i would ask him if he thinks that checking if a person who is about to buy a gun can legally own it is a a responsible thing to do. that's the essence of what we're pushing for. i know that there are so many issues that we have to address in this country. >> but there are background checks in oregon. it was the 18th state. >> as of august. as you began the seg m, you showed how many tens of thousands of americans have been
killed by gun violence. the vast majority of americans shot and killed are not killed in mass shootings. what can we do to do the greatest good in keeping gun was from dangerous people and reducing injuries in america. that's when checking people before they buy a gun makes sense. we should not base our policy on the last thing that just happened in the news cycle. the next shooting will be different in some way. so we should really take a look at the bigger picture. that's when background checks make sense. it will make sense next month, next year. whatever happens doesn't alter that fact. it's a reasonable thing to do we have to be focused on getting that done in a political environment. >> collin, students for concealed carry was started immediately after virginia tech. seven states allow concealed weap weapons on college campuses. oregon is one of them. what do you say to someone who feels unsafe at his or her
university and wants to bring a gun on campus? >> i don't think schools should be forced to allow guns on campus. . i listened to a student who was there on campus that day yesterday and had a concealed firearm with him and was in the next building and wanted to react and acknowledged that they made the decision not to because police should be on the scene and would cause more confusion and e he made that decision as a concealed carry holder on that campus himself. i think that speaks volumes to the idea that the answer to this is not to put more guns in more places of society until there's nothing we can do to keep guns away from dangerous people so we should just allow every good person to shoot the bad person first. it doesn't work like that. that particular person who was there yesterday speaks exactly to that issue. >> collin, from virginia tech to
try to bring about change, what was the text? >> you can text "now" to 877877 to join us at everytown for gun safety and hold elected officials accountable. >> collin, thank you for your voice. >> thanks. president obama expected to hold a news conference any minute now. live pictures from the white house. he will be taking some questions after he's finished discussing a major personnel change in the administration. we'll watch and wait to see what more he says beyond numbness and routine. when you booked this trip,
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i have to imagine we'll hear more about that today. >> this will be the second time in two days we have heard him address the public. seeing that level of frustration yesterday that we don't often see publically, the level of emotion, his eyes welled up at the point he talked about those of us lucky enough to say good night to our kids last night. taking these pauses, really seemed to not go off of a written statement, but only every now and then looking at his notes. he really seemed to be going on what was in his mind on the statement. he has called this issue the most frustrating that he's had to deal with in his terms as president obama president. e we know he's going to take more questions on that. possibly what more can a president do. it seemed like he gave up on the role of congress. he's urged them to take action on gun violence, but didn't seem like he had expectation of that. he even down played the role that a president can play in
that saying i can't do this alone. the past couple years he's tried. he's taken executive action on gun violence. the administration is considering taking more action, but this can only be done in minor ways without congress acting. we heard him call on individual voters on this issue to vote their own minds on this. so seemingly to go to the very basics of democracy if you want change in a particular area. that's not all on the agenda. also russia's role in syria we're hearing from sources this could be something of a warning publically to russia not to be hitting those targets that have been trained and vetted by the u.s., brooke. >> michelle kosinski, we will continue to watch and wait. you're standing by. we're waiting for the president. we're going to take a quick break. we'll be right back.
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live pictures here as the room is set and we are waiting for the president to step behind the podium at the white house. the reason he's there is to discuss the news that his secretary of education will be stepping down from his post. we also know the president will be taking questions. as michelle kosinski pointed out, also what's happening with russia and syria. we'll take that live. but let me pause because over the course of this presidency, president obama has now had to speak 15 times in the wake of some mass shooting. here's a reminder, a look back. >>. talk about this after columbine and blacksburg, tucson, newtown, aurora, charleston, it cannot be this easy for someone who wants
to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun. >> i have had to make statements like this too many times. communities have had to endure tragedies like this too many times. >> we come together filled with sorrow for the 13 americans that we have lost. with gratitude for the lives they led and with a determination to honor them through the work we carry on. >> i have come here tonight as an american, who like all americans, to pray with you today and will standby you tomorrow. the federal government stands ready to do whatever is necessary to bring whoever is responsible for this heinous crime to justice. >> all of us are heartbroken by what's happened and i offered thoughts and prayers not only from myself and michelle and also the country as a whole.
>> each time i learn the news, i react not as a president but as anybody else would, as a parent. in the hard days to come, that community needs us. >> again, watching and waiting. let me bring in jake tap r. jake, take it away, my friend. >> thank you, brook. we're seconds away from president obama addressing the nation for the second time in just two days. i'm jake tapper, you're watching cnn's special coverage. the purpose of today's event is to announce that one of the longest serving members of the president's cabinet education secretary arne duncan is stepping aside, but we are all watching to see what the president will say first about yesterday's gruesome shooting at an oregon community college where a single gunman stole nine lives in a a mad rampage.
here with me in washington is cnn chief national security correspondent jim sciutto and dan fiefr. e we also have s.e.cupp and michelle kosinski. what are we expecting from the president other than bidding arne duncan farewell? >> this is going to be a lot more detail. he's wanting to take questions on this gun violence issue. you can hear the frustration. even anger in his voice. he's just been announced. here's the president. >> please be seated, everybody, good afternoon. arne duncan is one of my longest serving cabinet secretaries and he's been a friend for a lot longer than that. so it's with some regret and sorrow that i have accepted his decision to return to our
hometown of chicago. after more than six years of living in washington, his wonderful wife and excellent kids claire and ryan, who are also buddies of mine, wanted to move back home. and that's meant in the interim a lot of time apart, so i'll be honest i pushed him to stay, sorry, guys. but i also e know from personal experience how hard it is to be away from your family on a sustained basis. so while i will miss arne deeply, he has more than a right to return home. take a look at what he's accomplished over the last six and a half years. he's one of the longest serving secretaries of education in our h history and one of the more consequential. he and his team have delivered incredible results at every stage of the educational
experience. more than 30 states have upped their investment in early childhood education. nearly every state in america has raised standards for teaching and learning and expectations for what our kids can learn. and our school graduation rate is at an all-time high. we helped millions more families afford college and more americans are graduating from college than ever before. that's just scratching the surface. he's done more to bring our educational system, sometimes kicking and screaming, into the 21st century than anybody else. america is going to be better off for what he has done and it's going to be more competitive and prosperous and more equal and more mobile. its record that i truly believe no other education secretary can match. arne leads this stuff. he cares so much about our kids u. and he has been so passionate
about this work. and everybody who interacts with him, including people who disagree with him on some issues never questions the genuineness and heart that he has brought to this job. so i couldn't be prouder of him and for good measure he holds the record for most points in an nba all-star game. [ applause ] and he is my favorite partner in pickup basketball. smartest player i know. even though he's very slow. and has no hops. e he knows it's true. i will say watching ryan, by the way, that his son will soon be surpassing the father because this young man has got game. now keep in mind, none of this change has been easy. we still have a long way to go.
one of the things about education is that it doesn't deliver results tomorrow or the next day. this is a decade long or longer proposition. we plant seeds now, we make changes now, and we watch each successive class benefit from these reforms and it goes in fits and starts. we have a decentralized system. that's how our education tradition evolved. so it's not easy and it's not quick, but we are making progress. and we're not going to stop in these last 15 months. and that's why it's so important and why i think we're very lucky that even as arne steps down, we have a talented educator to step in and that is dr. john king. john is already on arne's
leadership team. he's been an educator all his life, a teacher, a principal, a leader of schools, the new york state's education chief. he's the right man to lead the department. he shares our commitment to prepare i preparing every child for success in a more innovative and competitive world. he's got a great team already at the department of education, which i am very, very proud. his family is equally cool and good looking. and is equally as exceptional children and i know that together we're going to continue to be able to do great things on behalf of our kids. so i want to wish both of you a hardy congratulations and good luck. now i'm going to let them say a few words and then i'm going to make a few remarks before i take some questions from the press. let's start with arne. >> i cried more today than i
have in awhile so i will try not to cry. i will start with the president. when he asked us to come to d.c. and work with him, that was about a one-minute conversation of my life. it wasn't that we wanted to leave chicago. it wasn't we wanted to be education secretary. i wanted to be on his team. and believe so much in what he was about and what he stood for. and i have to say seven and a half years later, my admiration is only greater. and it's pretty remarkable and important for folk os it to know that every hard decision, his only e question was what's the right thing to do for kids and challenging us and our team to fight for kids every single day. often that was a hard political decision and that was never a a factor. his passion and his commitment to is extraordinary. it's not the educational leadership. it's the moral leadership. and i just can't tell how much you personally what an honor it was to spend some time.
every day you see folks who watched him talking about the horrendous massacre in oregon and how preventible these things are. we need more of that leadership. to our team, the team you have at the white house, it's been extraordinary to work with you in d.c. i don't say this lightly. i think our team at the department of education is stronger than it's ever been. you never know how teams go and you have the b team towards the end. i think we had the a team in being able to work with the white house with the team in place. i'm just hopeful and confident about what they can do together. emma and ted and the rest of the crew, i said a little about john. folks know for all of us, this work is very personal. john was one of those kids that probably shouldn't be in a room like this.
it you look at the stereotypes and not the easiest time growing up. he will tell you more about it. he went to live with his brother. that wasn't easy either. but he had an amazing teacher who kept him going. and today had he gets to stand here with the president and so many times i think we decide to write off kids that come from places like john and to see what he can accomplish, that's what drives all of us. there's so many kids we can reach. while i'm deeply sad to be le e leaving, i'm extraordinary happy and thankful and proud that john is going to carry on this work with the team. i want to thank everybody for their hard i quickly want to thank my parents as well. my dad is a lifelong educator at the university of chicago. taught there all his life. my mother started program before we were born and raised all of us as part of that program. and that changed our lives.
and all our life we saw what kids could do when they were given a chance. and that's why we do this work today. and to be able to see what she did at one little corner at 46th and greenwood now have the chance over the past six and a half years to try to have an impact around the nation because this man gave us a chance, for my family i can't tell you how much it means to us. and then finally just to my family and i love this work, i love this team, i love the president, i love the chance to serve. the only thing i love more is you guys and i can't wait to come home and see a couple more track meets and maybe get to coach ryan a little bit and maybe have a few more dinners and maybe go to a movie some day. that'd be pretty amazing. >> wow. all right. >> it's been too long. it's been an amazing, amazing journey. and feel so proud and lucky to have been a part of this team. mr. president, thanks for creating the climate in which all of us here could have the impact we did. and we can never repay the debt
>> thank you, arne, for very kind words. thank you, mr. president, for the opportunity to serve and for the faith you've placed in me and the team that we have at the department. i'm deeply honored by the chance to serve and also deeply humbled by following in arne's footsteps. arne is an extraordinary leader who i have watched demonstrate tremendous courage in fighting for kids and fighting for what's best for kids. but also as being willing to listen, to listen to folks and make adjustments and to make sure everything we do every day is towards the goal of greater equity. mr. president, you and arne and our team at the department have laid out an ambitious agenda from strengthening early childho childhood education and expanding access to early childhood to raising standards in reaching and learning through k through 12 and ensuring more americans have access to high quality higher education, to
ensuring that we support our teachers and invest in our teachers and provide the best preparation and support and leadership opportunities for them. it's an incredible agenda. and i'm proud to be able to carry it forward with the amazing team that we have at the department. earlier this week arne gave a speech at the national press club. in that speech arne said education can be the difference between life and death. and i know that's true because it was for me. i grew up in brooklyn. i lost my mom when i was 8, my dad when i was 12. my dad was very sick before he passed. i moved around between family members and schools. but teachers, new york city public school teachers are the reason that i am alive. they are the reason that i became a teacher. they are the reason i'm standing here today. those teachers created amazing educational experiences but also gave me hope, hope about what could be possible for me in
life. i know schools can't do it alone. there's work we have to do on economic development and housing and health care, but i know that my parents who spent their lives as new york city public school educators believe that school is at the heart of our promise of a quality of opportunity for all americans. that's what they believe. that's what the president believes. that's what arne believes. and that's what i feel very privileged to be able to work on this amazing team that we have at the department. every child in the united states, every college student, every disconnected youth, every working parent who just wants a few more credits in order to improve their position at their job, everyone deserves the kind of opportunity i had to have a great education. every child deserves the kind of opportunity that my beautiful daughters have to have a great education, a kind of education their grandparents worked to provide. i'm so grateful to my very supportive wife melissa. so grateful to the secretary for
the opportunity he gave me to join his team and incredibly grateful to the president for the opportunity to work with a wonderful group of people at the education department to try to expand opportunity. thank you. >> thank you. [ applause ] >> thank you. [ applause ] >> two good men doing really important work. so i'm lucky to have them both as colleagues and friends. i'm looking forward to seeing even more work done in the next few months. we've got some other business to attend to, so all of you here to
celebrate arne and john you're lucky enough now to have to sit through a little bit of a press conference with me. so make yourselves comfortable. [ laughter ] i warned the kids ahead of time. i said try not to look completely bored. i'm going to take a couple of questions from the press, but first a few additional pieces of business. first of all, we learned today that our businesses created another 118,000 new jobs in september, which means that we now have had 67 straight months of job creation. 13.2 million new jobs in all. and an unemployment rate that has fallen from a high of 10% down to 5.1%. these long-term trends are obviously good news particularly for every american waking up each morning and heading off to a new job. but we would be doing even
better if we didn't have to keep on dealing with unnecessary crises in congress every few months. and this is especially important right now because although the american economy has been chugging along at a steady pace, much of the global economy is softening. we've seen an impact on our exports, which was a major driver of growth for us particularly the beginning of the recovery. so our own growth could slow if congress does not do away with some of the counterproductive austerity measures that they have put in place. and if congress does not avoid the kind of manufactured crises that shatter consumer confidence and could disrupt an already skiddish global economy. on wednesday more than half of republicans voted to shut down the government for the second time in two years.
the good news is there were enough votes in both parties to pass a last-minute bill to keep the government open and operating for another ten weeks before we can get a more long-term solution. but keep in mind that gimmick only sets up another potential manufactured crisis just two weeks before christmas. and i've said this before i want to repeat it. this is not the way the united states should be operating. oftentimes i hear from folks up on capitol hill the need for american leadership. the need for america to be number one. well, you know what, around the globe part of what makes us a leader is when we govern effectively. and we keep our own house in order. and we pass budgets. and we can engage in long-term planning. and we can invest in the things
that are important for the future. that's u.s. leadership. when we fail to do that, we diminish u.s. leadership. it's not how we are supposed to operate. and we can't just keep on kicking down the road without solving any problems or doing any long-term planning for the future. that's true for our military. that's true for our domestic programs. the american people, american families deserve better. and we can grow faster and the economy can improve if congress acts with dispatch. it will get worse if they don't. that's why i will be very clear, i will not sign another short-sided spending bill like the one congress sent me this week. we purchased ourselves ten additional weeks. we need to use them effectively. keep in mind that a few years ago both parties put in place harmful automatic cuts that make no distinction between spending
we don't need and spending we do. we can revisit the history of how that happened. i have some rather grim memories of it. but the notion was as we're bringing down the deficit we would come up with a sustainable, smart long-term approach to investing in the things that we need. that didn't happen. so now these cuts that have been maintain maintained have been keeping our country from growing faster. it's time to undo them. if we don't we will have to fund our economic and national security priorities in 2016 at the same levels we did in 2006. i understand during that decade between 2006 and 2016 our economy has grown by 12%. our population has grown by 8%. new threats have em