Obama ‘most frustrated’ by inability to pass gun control

Just hours before a gunman claimed three lives inside a Louisiana movie theater, President Obama on Thursday said the inability to pass gun-control legislation has been the frustrating aspect of his presidency.

In an interview with the BBC recorded Thursday afternoon, the president vowed to continue trying but seemed resigned to the fact that this Congress is unlikely to approve any significant changes to gun laws.

“That is an area where if you ask 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,” Mr. Obama said.

33 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Robert Wilson says:

    The frustration of America is the lack of initiative within the Republican party to bring impeachment to the table. IMPEACH, IMPEACH, IMPEACH!

  • jscarano7 says:


  • I Seigel says:

    What’s the big news that he’s frustrated and who here really cares?? Have “they” come for your guns yet? NO! Maybe you should tone down the paranoia and fear-mongering a little bit? And how’s the Jade Helm thing going? Have all those good gun-totin’ Militiamen been rounded up and put into detention camps yet? Guns confiscated? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

  • enubus says:

    I am frustrated that he hasn’t been impeached, found guilty and jailed fro the rest of his life. He is an enemy of the State!

  • Smitch says:

    The only Gun Control that is needed…Use both hands, steady, deep breath, exhale slowly & stead and gently squeeze the trigger! 2 shots center mass and one to the head!

  • Nancy says:

    What we need is control of all Muslim persons, and get them, each and everyone of them out of the US. not to be allowed to re-enter. Therein, lies the big rub. Most of these recent killings are muslim inspired. And in addition, they want everything done their way. This is NOT a muslim country, this is not a country for sharia law. In case numerous people have forgotten, this is America, if you don’t like this country the way it is, GET THE HECK OUT! If you do like this country ABIDE BY OUR LAWS.. And Obama, stop trying to take away our guns, it won’t work, we need to protect ourselves, you certainly don’t protect us, but you have professional protection, that we pay for !!! IS THAT FAIR? LEAVE OUR GUNS ALONE !!!!!

    1. I Seigel says:

      Check again, Nancy. You’re either deliberately lying or deliberately ignorant. Or accidentally ignorant.

      Most of these recent killings are right-wing, hate-group inspired. Charleston, Lafayette are the first to come to mind.

      1. GRAMPA says:

        either your deliberately lying or deliberately ignorant . or accidentally ignorant. The hate group you speak of never condoned killing black they stood for separation of the races. they dont want intermarriage. All the shooters do have one thing in common and that is they were all on drugs that put the mind in a highly suggestive state. If you wish to observe hate I will gladly pay your airfair to Detroit and escort you to Dearborn and witness the racial remarks and hit with stones as you pass or spat upon. We will take you into their store where if you do not speak the muslim language you may forget about service. So please come and witness your right wing rhetoric you spread your disinformation about. Fail to accept and you can stop your crap. I have lived with black and Mexican for seventy four years and also with the good ol boy hillbilly and never had hate as viral as the muslim

        1. I Seigel says:

          Gramps, it’s a fact that the Lafayette and Charleston shooters (and others like McVeigh) were interested in and inspired by right-wing extremists groups. The cops have found numerous photos and internet posts and internet searches from their computers showing an interest in and an affiliation for right-wing extremists. The mass murderer in Denmark is another example. Like it or not, these are facts. There is plenty of hate in other communities, too, but I was responding to Nancy’s claim that, ” Most of these recent killings are muslim inspired.”

        2. Robert Wilson says:

          Right as rain, the Muslims do not just want to live here, they want to own your country. After all THEY DID NOT DEVELOP IT, NO BLOOD SPILLED BY THEM TO FIGHT FOR IT. Now take it over if they can huh?

      2. Robert Wilson says:


        1. I Seigel says:

          Who is the “anyone else” you mention? Who is “they” and “them”?

    2. Robert Wilson says:


  • Icemancold says:

    What we need is OBAMA CONTROL ! This MUSLIM DICTATOR in hiding is out of control,out of his mind and out of his sand box.!!

    1. Robert Wilson says:

      And he “likes” men.

  • Wayne Thorson says:

    It would be a good start to make it a law that nobody can sell a firearm without getting a background check on the purchaser. When only licensed firearms dealers are the only ones that are required to get one there is a big loop hole for felons to get their hands on a firearm. If a felon goes to a firearms dealer and wants to buy a firearm and fails a background check all the firearms dealer tells them is find someone he can put the firearm in their name that passes a check and the sale is consummated. If I sell a fire arm to a felon without getting a background check and that felon goes out and commits an atrocity then I should be prosecuted just like if I furnish liquor to a minor and they go out and kill a bunch of people with their car. There is no difference.

    1. Icemancold says:

      WELL You must be one of those OBAMA KOOL AID blinded fools. To start with a FELON knows he can not pass a BACKGROUND CHECK to start with so he either buys a fire arm after midnite in a dark alley or he just steals one. The BACKGROUND CHECK is a FARCE LOOK AT THE SHOOTER THAT SHOT UP THE BLACK CHURCH HE PASSED THE BACKGROUND CHECK AND THE F B I ADMITTED THEY SCREWED UP BY PASSING HIM SO THAT PROVES THE BACKGROUND CHECK IS FLAWED.!!

      1. Wayne Thorson says:

        I know there is no full proof way of stopping felon from getting firearms but we have start somewhere.

        1. Icemancold says:

          WELL: Listen to yourself ! We have Background checks now that the F B I Admits are flawed and do not work, You have to be 18 to buy a long gun and 21 to buy a hand gun, 18 to carry a long gun,21 to carry a hand gun, we have GUN FREE SAFE ZONES that make it safe for a nutcase to kill numerous people at a time. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT ? we have STARTED now we need to STOP and LET PEOPLE DEFEND THEMSELVES,FAMILY,PROPERTY and friends along with Protecting the INNOCENT.!!

          1. Wayne Thorson says:

            I noticed you completely skipped over the fact that you can come to my house and I could sell you a firearm and not give you a background check. You could go out and kill a dozen people and I wouldn’t be held responsible in any way shape and form. You could have been an escaped murderer and I wouldn’t be held responsible unless I had that knowledge. I know you believe background checks affects you because you have been brainwashed by the big firearms dealers that you are going to lose your firearms. They put this fear in your head. If you are not a felon then you have nothing to worry about. I don’t even own a gun of any kind. If I lived in a neighborhood that I felt I needed to own a gun for my protection. I would move. It is only felons that should want lesser background checks. If you are not a felon you have nothing to worry about. In fact I don’t understand why people that legally own a gun wouldn’t want them also. It should make them feel safer is the way I see it.

          2. ken51136 says:

            I believe in the 2nd Amendment strongly. I have several guns for sport / pleasure sense was raised on the farm and was given my first 22 cal rifle at 9 years old. I believe that if everyone had a gun; than no one would be so willing to pull out a gun and start shooting from fear that before they caused very much damage before they would be put down.

          3. Wayne Thorson says:

            Well you did it again. Skipped right over the reason I want stronger background checks. You do realize this would be more protection for you also. If felons had less chance of getting a firearm that is a good thing. Felons should be stripped of their 2nd amendment rights, don’t you think? You keep talking about if everyone had a gun does that include felons also?

          4. ken51136 says:

            No; I do believe in Back ground checks. The only problem I have with background checks is that they don’t always have good background information on everyone that apply. It’s like when anyone doesn’t pay their car insurance and continues to drive. It would seem to me with as advanced as computers are; when your car is no longer insured than they should remove your license plate until the insurance is paid. What I’m saying is a lot of online information is not put online or ignored by the user.

          5. Wayne Thorson says:

            So I take it you are for stronger background checks.

          6. ken51136 says:

            Most definitely. I was born and raised in the Panhandle of Texas on a farm where we did a lot of hunting. I believe that if the government would require all mentally ill people put in an accessible file/ accessible for the purpose of background checks when applying for a gun. Part 2 of this is that doctors / psychiatrist and police should be required to report problematic people they have interviewed or arrested to help determine if they can pass background checks. Part 3 I don’t want no gun phobias ( like Obama and his liberal friends ) determining who is qualified or not to own a gun; right now Obama prefers to take away civilian guns in the US and his security officers will protect him. We will have to call the police to come tie the tag to our toe sense we won’t have a gun and only the criminals will have them. Obama’s security is with him at all times; but it will take the police at least 10 minutes to get to your house much less get in if the criminal is already in the house with a gun.
            When they take away our gun the mentally ill / criminals will always have guns and weapons of destruction of some kind; if they have to steal them. We have the least capable people in Washington to solve this problem when they are so dead set against the 2nd Amendment. Those who voted for change are getting the constitution changed; piece by piece to suit Obama and his liberal backers agenda. This is not the people’s agenda; it’s the rich special interest agenda. Obama has worked harder on this than he has in stopping guns from getting into the wrong hands. He actually sold guns to Mexico that killed a border agent; which didn’t accomplish what he was trying to do ( trace them back to the buyer.

          7. Wayne Thorson says:

            Have you ever had yourself checked to see if you might have a touch of schizophrenia? It is obvious to me that you have been reading to many far far right Republican blogs. You are not thinking straight. Their doom and gloom comments have messed with your just plain common sense if you actually believe what you wrote.

          8. ken51136 says:

            I’m sorry, but my information came from news reports, radio, newspapers, and other trusted sources over years; and it’s public knowledge to those willing to know the Truth.

          9. Wayne Thorson says:

            Yeh right

          10. Robert Wilson says:

            For safety’s sake, don’t leave your address on the internet.

        2. Robert Wilson says:

          A mental back ground check would suffice.

      2. Robert Wilson says:

        If you were a felon, you couldn’t purchase a .22 rifle to hunt rabbits even if you were starving.(LEGALLY)

    2. Robert Wilson says:

      Do you believe that a felon should be denied the right to defend his home?

      1. Wayne Thorson says:

        The felon should have thought about that before he committed a felony This is the big problem. Gun activists want to protect the felons when the rest of us are trying to get guns out of the felons hands.

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