Obama: Gun control failure is biggest frustration

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Obama: Gun control failure is biggest frustration
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 10: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) speaks during a live Tumblr forum from as Tumblr Founder and CEO David Karp looks on in the State Dining Room of the White House June 10, 2014 in Washington DC. People across the country were able to ask questions about education, reducing student loan debt and college affordability. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama answers questions during a Tumblr forum from the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
A young woman looks at the official White House Tumblr site on an iPad, featuring a photo of President Barack Obama and Tumblr Founder and CEO David Karp sharing a "fist bump," during a Tumblr forum with President Obama and Karp in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Tumblr Founder and CEO David Karp, left, listens as President Barack Obama answers questions during a Tumblr forum from the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 10: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a live Tumblr forum in the State Dining Room of the White House June 10, 2014 in Washington DC. People across the country were able to ask questions about education, reducing student loan debt and college affordability. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 10: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a live Tumblr forum in the State Dining Room of the White House June 10, 2014 in Washington DC. People across the country were able to ask questions about education, reducing student loan debt and college affordability. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 10: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a live Tumblr forum in the State Dining Room of the White House June 10, 2014 in Washington DC. People across the country were able to ask questions about education, reducing student loan debt and college affordability. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 10: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a live Tumblr forum in the State Dining Room of the White House June 10, 2014 in Washington DC. People across the country were able to ask questions about education, reducing student loan debt and college affordability. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 10: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) speaks during a live Tumblr forum as Tumblr Founder and CEO David Karp looks on in the State Dining Room of the White House June 10, 2014 in Washington DC. People across the country were able to ask questions about education, reducing student loan debt and college affordability. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama listens to a question submitted on Tumblr, read by Tumblr Founder and CEO David Karp, left, during a Tumblr forum, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 10: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a live Tumblr forum in the State Dining Room of the White House June 10, 2014 in Washington DC. People across the country were able to ask questions about education, reducing student loan debt and college affordability. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
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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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