The president called the United States a country with no "sufficient common-sense gun safety laws even in the face of repeated mass killings."
"If you look at the number of Americans killed since 9/11 by terrorism, it's less than 100. If you look at the number that have been killed by gun violence, it's in the tens of thousands,” he said during an interview with the BBC.
"For us not to be able to resolve that issue has been something that is distressing."
Obama's comments came after gun violence left more than a dozen people dead across the country in the past two months. After the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, in June and another at a Marine and Navy reserve in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on July 16, three people died after a lone gunman opened fire in a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, killing two and injuring nine people before taking his own life.
Despite multiple legislation failures in Congress, Obama said that he will not stop pursuing gun control regulations during his last 18 months in the White House.
"And for us not to be able to resolve that issue has been something that is distressing. But it is not something that I intend to stop working on in the remaining 18 months (of his presidency)," he added.
Watch a clip of Obama's comments in the video via BBC above.