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Obama: Gun-Related Killings Dwarf Terrorism Deaths

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By    |   Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 08:13 PM

President Barack Obama told a Philadelphia television reporter on Wednesday that gun-related violence in America far outpaces deaths by terrorism.

WPVI-TV's Monica Malpass interviewed Obama in the White House and asked him about the shooting deaths Wednesday morning of WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward.

The two were shot on live television by disgruntled former reporter Vester Flanagan.

"It breaks my heart every time you read about or hear about these kinds of incidents," Obama said. "What we know is that the number of people who die from gun-related incidents around this country dwarfs any deaths that happen through terrorism."

According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, about 32,000 people in the United States die by gunshot wound. About 60 percent of those are by suicide, 3 percent are accidental shootings, and 34 percent (or about 11,000) are homicides, About News reported.

Worldwide terrorism deaths shot up to almost 33,000 in 2014 after years of decline, Statista.com reports.

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton on Wednesday used the incident to call for tougher gun laws.

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