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

THR Staff
Louisiana Shooting: Cinema Gunman Kills Two
Louisiana Shooting: Cinema Gunman Kills Two

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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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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