Obama on 'Biggest Frustration' After Shootings

The President discusses gun legislation after shooting at a high school in Troutdale, Oregon.
3:57 | 06/10/14

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Transcript for Obama on 'Biggest Frustration' After Shootings
I have to say that. People often ask me you know house -- -- being president. What are mind. And one of my proudest. And one of my biggest disappointments. And I've got to -- here's what. My biggest frustration so far. Is the fact that. This society. Has not been willing. To take some basic steps. Two. To keep guns. Out of the hands. -- people who. You can can do just unbelievable damage what were the only basis what were the only developed country on earth where this happens. And that it happens now once a week. And if it's a one day story. There's no place else like this why are we don't assignments. And I won't tell you. I've been in Washington. For a while. And most things don't surprise me. The fact that that -- 26. -- Were gunned down in the most violent fashion possible. And this town couldn't doing about it. -- -- -- And and so that the question then becomes what can we do about it. The only thing that's gonna -- -- is public opinion. If public opinion does not demand. Change. In congress. It will not change we have I've initiated over morning executive actions to try to tighten up some of the rules and walls but the bottom line is is that. We don't have enough tools right now. To really. Make as big of a -- as we need to. And most members of congress and I have to say to some degree this is bipartisan. Are terrified of the NRA. The the combination. You know the NRA and gun manufacturers. Are very well finance. And and have the capacity to move votes in local elections and congressional elections. And so if you're -- for office right now that's where you feel the heat. And people on the other side may. Be generally favorable towards things like background checks and other common sense rules but. They're not as motivated so. That's not that doesn't end up being the issue good. A lot of you vote last thing also a lot of people will say that you know -- -- a mental health problems you know it's it's it's not a gun problem. -- citizens. Does not have. A monopoly on on crazy people. It is it's considered -- only country that has. Psychosis. And yet. We. Kill each other in these. -- in these mass shootings at rates. That are. Exponentially higher than anyplace else what's the difference. The differences is that these guys -- -- -- -- -- ammunition. In their houses. And that's sort of par for the course. So. The country -- to do some soul searching about us. This is becoming the norm. And we take it for granted. It in -- is that. As a parent are terrified.

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