Ten people were killed at the Umpqua Community College, Oregon on October 1..

The number of mass shootings in the US for 2015 passed the 300 mark nine days later.

New research by YouGov has shown that 48 per cent of Americans think mass shootings "can be stopped", whereas 35 per cent think they are a "fact of life".

Meanwhile, 49 per cent support stricter gun laws compared to only 13 per cent who call for them to be relaxed.

Seventy-four per cent of Democrats support greater gun control, compared to 27 per cent of Republicans.

In response to the Oregon shootings, President Barack Obama called on the media to compare mass shootings with terrorist statistics, calling for greater gun control in the US:

I hope and pray that I don't have to come out again during my tenure as president to offer my condolences to families in these circumstances. But based on my experience as president, I can't guarantee that. And that's terrible to say.

Meanwhile, Republican candidate Jeb Bush responded to the incident by saying “things happen all the time.”

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