In an interview with the BBC, President Obama admitted that during his presidency he has been most frustrated by the failure to pass “common sense” gun laws in America (video below).
“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,” Obama said.
Obama went on to compare the number of American deaths from terrorism versus gun violence. He said since 9/11, less than 100 Americans have been killed by terrorism, whereas the number killed by gun violence is in the tens of thousands.
“For us not to be able to resolve that issue is something that is distressing, but it is not something that I intend to stop working on in the remaining 18 months,” Obama added.
A mere hours after the interview, another mass shooting took place in the United States. John Russel Houser opened fire during a showing of the film “Trainwreck” at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Three people, including Houser, died, and nine others were injured.
Police responded to the shooting within five minutes of receiving the emergency call and arrived while it was still in progress.
According to police, Houser planned to escape out of the theater after firing the initial gunshots but when he saw the police were there he went back inside the theater and shot himself.
A motive in the shooting has not been identified.
Obama was briefed on the Louisiana theater shooting while flying on Air Force One to Africa for a two-nation visit. He said he sends his thoughts and prayers to the community of Lafayette and to the families of the victims, reports ABC News.
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