Speaking at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, former Maryland Governor and Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley called for tougher gun control reforms and for the Confederate flag to be retired.
"We come together in a sad week in the life of our country, don't we," said O'Malley, a candidate for President. "Another senseless gun massacre in America. "Newtown, Aurora, Washington Naval Yard, and now Charleston. The entire world must think us mad, sending trillions to Afghanistan and Iraq while the casualties pile up here in our own cities and towns".
He talked about recently visiting Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston and meeting with its pastor, the late Senator Pinckney, other church leaders and community leaders.