President Obama is angry about mass shootings, but even angrier that he’s been routinely blocked on initiatives to restrict Second Amendment gun rights after mass shootings.
The White House released a photo of Obama’s angry reaction to the news of another mass shooting, illustrating the emotional tirade he shared with the country from the White House last night.
“Just a really sad day. The President reacts in exasperation while glancing at cable tv coverage of the mass shooting in Oregon today. Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco had just updated him on the situation. ‘Our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It does not convey the heartache and anger we feel.’ — President Obama, during his remarks in the White House press briefing room,” the description on the photo from White House photographer Pete Souza’s Instagram account reads.
“This is as angry as I’ve seen him. Period,” former Senior Advisor Dan Pfieffer explained on CNN in reaction to the president’s speech.
It’s not the first time that Obama has been visibly frustrated on gun control laws. After Congress blocked an initiative on background checks after the Sandy Hook shootings, the president delivered a bitter speech denouncing Republicans.
“All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington,” he said, lecturing Congress for blocking gun control legislation he supported.
In July, Obama said he had been “most frustrated and most stymied” on his efforts to pass more gun control laws.
After the Charleston Church shootings, Obama alluded to his anger that was growing out of repeated incidents involving guns.
“To say our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families and their community doesn’t say enough to convey the heartache and the sadness and the anger that we feel,” he said.
Last night, however, Obama did not hold back referring to his own feelings about gun control.
“It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun,” he said.