Obama's anger apparent over latest US mass shooting

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A visibly angry United States president Barack Obama has voiced anger and sadness after the country's latest deadly shooting at a community college in Oregon state.  

The shooting killed at least 10 people and injured about 20 others.

In scathing criticism, a plainly frustrated Mr Obama says the United States is the only advanced country on earth that has mass shootings every few months.

And he has once again called for tougher gun-control measures and referred to Australia's success in doing so.

United States president Barack Obama has appeared in the White House briefing room with both a grim expression and an angry tone after the latest mass shooting in the country.

He says it is not enough to offer prayers after major shootings that continue to occur regularly throughout the country.

His voice rising in annoyance, Mr Obama angrily repeated that gun laws need to be changed.

He says such incidents have become routine in the United States.

"Somehow, this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response, here at this podium, ends up being routine. The conversation in the aftermath of it ... We've become numb to this."

The President has expressed his condolences, but says thoughts and prayers for the victims cannot prevent future shootings.

"As I said just a few months ago, and I said a few months before that, and I said each time we see one of these mass shootings, our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It's not enough. It does not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel, and it does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America, next week or a couple of months from now. "

Speaking mainly without notes, the U-S president says he anticipates the arguments that gun advocates will brandish in the wake of the shooting.

And he says he knows his opponents will criticise him for politicising a tragedy.

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"Of course, what's also routine is that somebody, somewhere, will comment and say, 'Obama politicised this issue.' Well, this is something we should politicise. It is relevant to our common life together, to the body politic."

President Obama has called on gun owners who use weapons for hunting, sport and protection to question whether the gun lobby represents their views.

He has not mentioned the National Rifle Association by name, but his comments are clearly directed at that organisation, which has broad political influence in Washington.

"The notion that gun violence is somehow different, that our freedom and our constitution prohibits any modest regulation of how we use a deadly weapon, when there are law-abiding gun owners all across the country who could hunt and protect their families and do everything they do under such regulations, doesn't make sense."

Mr Obama has cited Australia, among other countries, for having what he calls successful gun laws.

"We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings - friends of ours, allies of ours ... Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours. So we know there are ways to prevent it."

Mr Obama and Vice President Joe Biden made a concerted push for broad gun-control reforms after the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting of young children.

It was unsuccessful.

Mr Obama says he will continue to raise the need for reform every time such a shooting takes place.

But his administration has made clear it is unlikely to make another broad push on gun control through the Republican-led US Congress.

Mr Biden and Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton have also condemned the shooting.

Ms Clinton says she agrees a political will must be found to formulate gun-control laws that protect the public.

"We have got to get the political will to do everything we can to keep people safe. You know, I know there is a way to have sensible gun-control measures that help prevent violence, prevent guns from getting into the wrong hands, and save lives."

 

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