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Obama Calls Gun Violence 'Biggest Frustration' as President

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(NBC) -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday said his biggest frustration as president has been the inability to curb the nation’s gun laws, saying the country needs to do some “soul searching.”

“My biggest frustration so far is the fact 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 during a Tumblr discussion at the White House.

“We're the only developed country on Earth where this happens and it happens now once a week, and it's a one day story. There's no place else like this,” he added.

Obama pushed for comprehensive gun reform, including expanded background checks, following the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting. But the legislation failed to gain traction in Congress.

The president said he was “stunned” that nothing was done following the shooting in Newtown, Conn., that took the lives of 20 children and six adults.

“Our levels of gun violence are off the charts. There is no advanced, developed country on Earth that would put up with this,” Obama said.

The president said nothing can be done until society puts more pressure on lawmakers and outside groups to change current law, and that society needs to do some “soul searching.”

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