Obama: ‘The American People Are Significantly More Safe Now’ Under Me
OBAMA: "I think right now we’ve gone through a really tough month, and that happens sometimes. We’ve had a terrorist attack in Orlando, although it does not appear externally motivated, but a deranged man killing scores of people. We’ve had the tragedies that happened in Minnesota and Baton Rouge, police officers targeted both in Dallas and Baton Rouge, and the senseless violence that took place in Nice. And if that’s what you’re consuming, that’s what you’re seeing on a day-to-day basis for the last month, I think it’s understandable that people are concerned. What I think is important for leaders to do is to let the American people know they are right to be concerned. They have to make sure that our police officers are protected in a very tough job, that our criminal justice system operates the way it should and without bias, that we’re doing everything we can to go after terrorists. But it’s also important for the American people to remember that our crime rate in this country is much lower than it was in the ‘80s or the ‘90s or when I first took office."