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President Barack Obama delivered an emotional speech today in response to the horrific Charleston shooting that took nine lives on Wednesday night.

With suspect Dylann Roof in custody, Obama said:

"Any death of this sort is a tragedy. Any shooting involving multiple victims is a tragedy.

"But there’s something particularly heartbreaking about the death happening in a place in which we seek solace, and we seek peace, in a place of worship."

Joe Biden appeared alongside the President during his address, making his first public appearance since son Beau Biden died.

“I’ve had to make statements like this too many times,” Obama continued, bringing up the topic of gun control.

"At some point, we, as a country, will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence doesn’t happen in other countries…with this kind of frequency…

"At some point, it’s going to be important for the American people to come to grips with it and for us to be able to shift how we think about gun violence collectively."

Watch his full speech above.