President Obama said it was “stunning to me” that Congress did not take real action to tighten gun laws after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct., Politico reports. “My biggest frustration so far is that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do just unbelievable damage,” Obama said yesterday in a question-and-answer session hosted by microblogging platform Tumblr that occurred hours after a school shooting in Oregon.
Mass shootings have become run of the mill, he said. The United States is “the only developed country on earth where this happens and it happens now once a week, and it's a one-day story.” He added that shortcomings in mental health care failed to account for the unusually high number of U.S. mass shootings relative to other nations. “The United States does not have a monopoly on crazy people,” he said. The president said he supports the Second Amendment but still sees a need for tighter rules. “I respect gun rights but the idea that, for example, we couldn't get a background check bill in — it makes no sense,” he said. “And I don't know if anybody saw the brief press conference from the father of the young man who had been killed in Santa Barbara, and as a father myself I cannot understand the pain he must be going through. The primal scream … why aren't we doing something about this?”