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Obama: Gun control failure is biggest frustration

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says his biggest frustration so far as president is that American society hasn't been willing to take steps to strengthen gun control.

Obama is reflecting on frequent mass shootings during a question-and-answer session on social media site Tumblr. He says the U.S. should be ashamed.

Obama says there's no place else in the world where mass shootings are a once-a-week occurrence. He says the country must do some soul-searching.

Obama says he respects gun rights. But he says he was stunned after the Newtown school shooting that Washington couldn't even pass universal background checks. He's citing the political strength of the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers.

Obama says until there's public opinion a fundamental shifts, the problem won't change. He says as a parent, that's terrifying.

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queencatfish2 June 10 2014 at 6:35 PM

Obama should do some soul searching himself....
that is if he even has a soul!

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Ken June 10 2014 at 6:36 PM

If anyone needs to do some soul searching in this country, it is Obama!

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ernie June 10 2014 at 6:43 PM

Jimmy Carter, you now have a President worse than you were.

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Linda June 10 2014 at 6:44 PM

I think Obama needs to do some soul searching about his lying to Americans over and over and doing whatever he wants to do even when it's against the Constitution and numerous other items which are too many to list.

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Steve June 10 2014 at 6:45 PM

I look forward to the day when no one cares what he thinks.

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Richard June 10 2014 at 6:45 PM

What? We should be ashamed that we do not want gun control? Huh! What is there to be ashamed about? Yes, people are killed with guns, but a gun laying still on a shelf kills no one, a person kills, not the gun, the gun is the instrument only. Now. we must then be ashamed for our most honored sport associated with the United States is baseball, and guess what? People kill people with baseball bats, injure people with baseball bats, what a horrendous shame on baseball, or, it just an instrument used by a person to do harm to another. We have only one thing to be ashamed of::: it is that our culture has allowed for people, increasingly, to do harm and then spend our hard earned tax money for years behind a cell, especially when they have killed a person. It is our culture that needs changing, our way of life that is so liberal and free that people think that they are immune from killing or harming others. Obama is mad because he is not getting his way.

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nikoman1 June 10 2014 at 6:46 PM

Mass shootings have been the result of mentally disturbed individuals...nothing to do with soul searching or soul searching...what a crock!

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redletter2008 June 10 2014 at 7:02 PM

Laughable! Our biggest failure since January 2009 is Barack Hussein Obama himself! His so-called "leadership", his economic policies, his undermining of American credibility, authority and power across the globe, his deliberate division of the American people for partisan political gain and his demonization of job creators and average Americans who "dare" to hold contrarion views.

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greatbirdusa June 10 2014 at 7:09 PM

Most gun crimes are committed by inner-city gangs.
In fact, 77% of all crimes in America are committed by just ONE ethnic culture..!
Gun crimes - murders - are the result of largely illegal guns.
Only around 6% of gun crimes are committed by people who legally own that gun.
As for these mass killings.
Almost every single case going as far back as you care to check,
are committed by people with mental health issues.
Ever since the late 1960's when Liberals pushed to make friends and family attempting to get mental help for individuals an almost impossible thing to obtain. That must change.
Changing those laws for obtaining mental help should be priority #1.
As for the vast majority of gun crimes, again committed by one group of people.....
How about if we lock-up the thugs and throw away the key..?

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Roger June 10 2014 at 9:12 PM

YOUR biggest frustration???? How about OUR frustration at having a lying, unethical, unqualified, anti-American POS living in our white house???

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