“The country has to do some soul searching about this. This is becoming the norm and we take it for granted in ways that as a parent are terrifying to me,” Obama said in answer to a question at a White House online event sponsored by Tumblr.

The remarks were made amid a spate of shootings across the nation with the latest occurring at an Oregon High School on Tuesday. Last week, a man opened fire at Seattle Pacific University. …

The president said it will take a change in public opinion to force Congress to move on the issue.

“I am prepared to work with anybody including responsible sportsmen and gun owners to craft some solutions but right now it’s not even possible to get even the mildest restrictions through Congress, and we should be ashamed of that,” he said.