President Obama blasted gun violence in a Tumblr event today at the White House. He said that it's "off the charts" here in America.
"This is becoming the norm," he said. "We should be ashamed."
Here's the pool report:
Pres Obama, in response to a question that Karp said was submitted a few days ago from a tumblr user about mass shootings, declared that as president "my biggest frustration so far is that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps" to curb gun violence.
He cited the failed effort to toughen background checks.
"We're the only developed country" where this happens, Obama said. "There's no place else like this."
Gun violence in America is "off the charts."
But he said he could only do so much. "If public opinion does not demand change in Congress, it will not change."
In the executive "we don't have enough tools right now to make as big a dent as we need to," he said. He took to task candidates and lawmakers who are "terrified of the NRA."
To those who say it's not guns, it's mental health: "The United States does not have a monopoly on crazy people."
"This is becoming the norm," he lamented, in ways that, "as a parent, are terrifying to me."
"We should be ashamed."