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Obama’s Biggest Frustration: Gun Control

President Obama Answers a Question on Gun Violence During a Tumblr Q&A

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 unbelievable damage. We’re the only developed country on Earth where this happens…. Our levels of gun violence are off the charts…. But right now, it’s not possible to get even the mildest restrictions through Congress. We should be ashamed of that.

President Obama

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • “Our levels of gun violence are off the charts…”

    In reality homicide levels are _half_ what they were in the early 1990s. They are approaching historically low levels not seen since the 1960s.

    • Thanks for your input. I just did a quick search on mass shootings – and it appears the numbers are about the same over the decades. Here’s a chart: The article does say “homicides are on the downswing in general.” So, you are absolutely right.

      Still, you may be interested to read this article about gun control in Australia: This article notes: “Homicides by firearm plunged 59 percent between 1995 and 2006, with no corresponding increase in non-firearm-related homicides. The drop in suicides by gun was even steeper: 65 percent. Studies found a close correlation between the sharp declines and the gun buybacks. Robberies involving a firearm also dropped significantly. Meanwhile, home invasions did not increase, contrary to fears that firearm ownership is needed to deter such crimes. But here’s the most stunning statistic. In the decade before the Port Arthur massacre, there had been 11 mass shootings in the country. There hasn’t been a single one in Australia since.”

  • Agreed 100%! I’ve just spent five weeks in Canada — who until recently have had VERY strict gun laws — and I can report back that everybody is free, and there is no government tyranny to be seen! :P

    • Thanks for commenting, Jacob. I lived in Canada for 3 years (and never doubted their freedom!) What the U.S. needs to do right now is get the corrupting influence of big money out of politics. Then we will be free to work on the important issues that people (not corporations) care about.

      • Agreed 100%! Canadians are limited to $1,200 donations, and I have yet to meet a single one who feels like their right to “free speech” is being suppressed!

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