Αnswering questions Tuesday during a live discussion with Tumblr founder David Karp, Obama pointed to several recent high profile shootings as proof of epidemic gun crime claiming that American gun violence is “off the charts” despite FBI statistics that prove otherwise.
“Levels of gun violence are off the charts,” Obama said. ” There is no advanced developed country on Earth that would put up with this.”
Obama argued that Americans should be “ashamed,” and lamented not being able to pass more anti-gun legislation.
“We’re the only country in the world where this happens and it happens once a week,” Obama said.
Obama went on to refute any link between mass shootings and mental health as well, instead blaming the ability of Americans to collect ammunition.
“It’s not the only country that has psychosis, and yet we kill each other in these mass shootings at rates that are exponentially higher than anyplace else,” Obama said. ” What’s the difference? The difference is these guys can stack up a bunch of ammunition in their houses.”
Meanwhile, the American government is stockpiling BILLIONS of rounds of ammunition for “domestic use.”
“This country has to do a lot of soul searching,” Obama said. “This is becoming the norm. And we take it for granted in ways that, as a parent, are terrifying to me.”
The President even went as far as praising Australia’s gun confiscation program, claiming that “very severe” gun laws, which banned everything except single shot long rifles have helped the country.
“Couple of decades ago, Australia had a mass shooting, similar to Columbine or Newtown,” Obama said. “And Australia just said, well, that’s it, we’re not doing, we’re not seeing that again, and basically imposed very severe, tough gun laws, and they haven’t had a mass shooting since.”
Gun Crime is actually currently “out of control” in Australia.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest admitted Tuesday that Obama IS looking for new ways to act “unilaterally using his executive authority” to enact new gun control measures.
Following the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Obama implemented 23 new executive actions designed to strengthen gun control laws.