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Lack of tougher checks vexes Obama

| Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 8:57 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The failure to win tougher background checks for gun purchases or other new firearms regulations are the “biggest frustration” of his term in office, President Obama said as he decried school shootings that are “becoming the norm” in ways that “as a parent, are terrifying to me.”

Answering questions on the social media site Tumblr, Obama said that gun violence in America is “off the charts” and that “we should be ashamed” of its prevalence.

He brushed aside the argument made by some opponents of gun regulations that mental illness, not guns, lies at the root of recent shootings.

“The United States does not have a monopoly on crazy people,” Obama said. Yet “we're the only developed country” that suffers repeated mass shootings.

The school shooting in Oregon is at least the 74th instance of shots being fired on school grounds or in school buildings since the late-2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., according to a list maintained by the group Everytown for Gun Safety, which advocates for policies it believes limit gun violence.

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