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East Texans respond to President Obama’s gun frustration

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President Barack Obama says, when it comes to guns, it's time for the nation to do some soul searching.

He called gun legislation the biggest frustration of his administration.

In his first ever interview on tumblr, a blog site, the President urged the public to speak up to get gun laws changed.

"I can remember a day in time people would drive up to school, park their truck and had a rifle in the vehicle and nobody would violate that, never hurt nobody," said Greg Sanches, Angelina County Sheriff.

That was a different day, since the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, at Sandy Hook Elementary there have been 74 shootings on school campuses across the nation.

"There's something wrong when people have no morals, no values that's hard to overcome," Sanches said.

Tuesday President Obama said the nation should do some soul searching over the gun violence epidemic.

"This is becoming the norm," Obama said  

During the interview, President Obama said members of congress are afraid of the NRA

And he said the American people need to vocalize their concerns when it comes to who can purchase guns.

"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 just unbelievable damage," Obama said.

Navy veteran Ivan Cavenall says he supports the 2nd Amendment.

"We have a fundamental right to protect ourselves," Cavenall said.

Cavenall says he believes something should be done to keeps guns out of dangerous hands.

"We as American people and as lawmakers should impose stricter laws to prevent guns from getting into the wrong hands," Cavenall said.

Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches believes no matter what, if someone wants a gun, they are going to find a way to get it.

"There are bad guys out there that don't care about the laws they're going to get a gun no matter what," said Sanches.

 President Obama also addressed what has been a popular theory lately as to the cause behind gun violence, the mental health issue.

 The President said the United States does not have a monopoly on, quote, "crazy people."

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