President Obama calls U.S. gun-safety laws 'the one area where I've been most frustrated'

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President Barack Obama said that gun-safety laws in the United States have "been the one area where I feel that I've been most frustrated and most stymied."

In an interview on Thursday with the BBC, hours before news broke that a man opened fire at a Louisiana movie theater and killed two moviegoers and injured seven others before killing himself, Obama discussed gun control with the network.

"If you asked me, where has been the one area where I feel that I've been most frustrated and most stymied, it is the fact that the United States of America is the one advanced nation on Earth in which we do not have sufficient, common-sense gun-safety laws, even in the face of repeated mass killings," said Obama.

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President Obama calls U.S. gun-safety laws 'the one area where I've been most frustrated'
A police officer directs journalists on July 25, 2015 around the crime scene outside The Grand Theatre on July 25, 2015 after the deadly July 23 shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana. The troubled 'drifter' who randomly killed two women in the Louisiana movie theater and then took his own life has emerged as an anti-government extremist who owned a legally-purchased firearm. AFP PHOTO/YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)
A police officer directs journalists on July 25, 2015 around the crime scene outside The Grand Theatre on July 25, 2015 after deadly the July 23 shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana. The troubled 'drifter' who randomly killed two women in the Louisiana movie theater and then took his own life has emerged as an anti-government extremist who owned a legally-purchased firearm. AFP PHOTO/YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Memorial flowers are placed outside of The Grand 16 theater after a deadly shooting at the Grand 16 theatre, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Lafayette, La. John Russell Houser stood up about 20 minutes into Thursday night's showing of "Trainwreck" and fired on the audience with a semi-automatic handgun. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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This undated photo provided by the Lafayette Police Department shows John Russell Houser, in Lafayette, La. Authorities have identified Houser as the gunman who opened fire in a movie theater on Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Lafayette. (Lafayette Police Department via AP)
Timeline shows key events in John Russell Houser's life (Courtesy AP)
Police officers stand in front of The Grand Theatre on July 25, 2015 in Lafayette, Louisiana. The troubled 'drifter' who randomly killed two women in the Louisiana movie theater and then took his own life has emerged as an anti-government extremist who owned a legally-purchased firearm. AFP PHOTO/YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Flowers are placed outside The Grand Theatre on July 25, 2015 in memory of victims of a July 23, 2015 deadly shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana. The troubled 'drifter' who randomly killed two women in the Louisiana movie theater and then took his own life has emerged as an anti-government extremist who owned a legally-purchased firearm. AFP PHOTO/YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)
LAFAYETTE, LA - JULY 24: Col. Mike Edmondson, Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, walks to the podium to speak with the media on July 24, 2015 in Lafayette, Louisiana. Two People were killed and nine others wounded when a shooter identified as John Russel Houser opened fire in a crowded movie theater. Houser reportedly shot himself after police arrived. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
LAFAYETTE, LA - JULY 24: General view of the Grand Theatre on July 24, 2015 in Lafayette, Louisiana. Two People were killed and nine others wounded when a shooter identified as John Russel Houser opened fire in a crowded movie theater. Houser reportedly shot himself after police arrived. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
LAFAYETTE, LA - JULY 24: A picture of the shooter, John Russel Houser, seen in a media vehicle away from the press conference on July 24, 2015 in Lafayette, Louisiana. Two People were killed and nine others wounded when a shooter identified as John Russel Houser opened fire in a crowded movie theater. Houser reportedly shot himself after police arrived. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
LAFAYETTE, LA - JULY 24: Mourners stand outside of the Grand Theatre on July 24, 2015 in Lafayette, Louisiana. Two People were killed and nine others wounded when a shooter identified as John Russel Houser opened fire in a crowded movie theater.Houser reportedly shot himself after police arrived. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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A Lafayette Police Department vehicle blocks an entrance at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, La., following a shooting, Thursday, July 23, 2015. (Paul Kieu/The Daily Advertiser via AP)
Bystanders look on as emergency personnel respond to the scene of a deadly shooting at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, La., Thursday, July 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Denny Culbert)
Law enforcement personnel stand near a police line at The Grand Theatre following a deadly shooting inLafayette, La., Thursday, July 23, 2015. (Paul Kieu/The Daily Advertiser via AP)
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Police tape marls off the area of a deadly shooting at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, La., Thursday, July 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Denny Culbert)
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks with the media as he provides an update on the deadly shooting at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, La., Thursday, July 23, 2015. (Paul Kieu/The Daily Advertiser via AP)
Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft addresses the media early, Friday, July 24, 2015, in Lafayette, La., as he provides an update on a deadly shooting at the Grand Theatre from the night before. (Paul Kieu'/The Daily Advertiser via AP) 
LAFAYETTE, LA - JULY 23: Lafayette police stand outside of the Grand Theater on July 23, 2015 in Lafayette, Louisiana. Three people are dead and seven more injured after a gunman opened fire inside the Grand Theatre. The gunman, whose identity is being withheld by police, is among the dead. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Law enforcement personnel stand in the parking lot of The Grand Theatre early Friday, July 24, 2015, in Lafayette, La., as they investigate a shooting from the night before. (Paul Kieu'The Daily Advertiser via AP)
Federal investigators respond to the scene of a shooting at the Grand Theatre on Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Lafayette, La. (AP Photo/Denny Culbert)
Col. Mike Edmondson, center, superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, speaks with the media as he provides an update on the deadly shooting at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, La., Thursday, July 23, 2015. Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft, right, and Dee Stanley, left, chief administrative officer of the Lafayette Consolidated Government, listen. (Paul Kieu/The Daily Advertiser via AP)
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks with the media following a deadly shooting at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, La., Thursday, July 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Denny Culbert)
Lafayette Police Department and Louisiana State Police units block an entrance road following a shooting at The Grand Theatre in Lafayette, La., Thursday, July 23, 2015. (Paul Kieu/The Daily Advertiser via AP)
Bystanders embrace outside the Grand Theatre as emergency personnel respond to the scene of a deadly shooting in Lafayette, La., Thursday, July 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Denny Culbert)
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, center, delivers a statement following a deadly shooting at the Grand Theatre inLafayette, La., Thursday, July 23, 2015. (Paul Kieu/The Daily Advertiser via AP)
Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft addresses the media early, Friday, July 24, 2015, in Lafayette, La., as he provides an update on a deadly shooting at the Grand Theatre from the night before. (Paul Kieu'The Daily Advertiser via AP)
Police tape surrounds the scene following a shooting at a movie theater Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Lafayette, La. (Treylan Arceneaux via AP)
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He continued, "If you look at the number of Americans killed since 9/11 by terrorism, it's less than 100. If you look at the number that have been killed by gun violence, it's in the tens of thousands. For us not to be able to resolve that issue has been something that is distressing, but it is not something that I intend to stop working on in the remaining 18 months."

A 58-year-old white male, whose identity has not yet been released, opened fire while attending a screening of Trainwreck in Lafayette, La. Trainwreck star Amy Schumer expressed her condolences on Twitter after finding out about the fatal shootings: "My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana."

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