When it came to gun-related violence, Obama said the US was not doing enough to prevent gun deaths, and he pledged to do better, at a time when gun control has become an increasingly divisive issue.
The president told an audience of gun owners in Washington, D.C., that the country was facing an epidemic of gun violence and asked Americans to think of themselves as part of a team.
“As I have said many times before, we’re not alone in this,” he said.
“And we’re doing our part, because you and I, we are all part of the solution, and we are a team.”
The president’s comments came as a Senate hearing was set to begin Thursday on legislation that would allow Americans to buy high-capacity magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds.
The bill is backed by the National Rifle Association, but many Republican senators and House members are against it, saying it would open the floodgates to mass shootings.
Obama is in the midst of a tough reelection campaign in a country still reeling from a deadly school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in December.
He has already faced criticism for his handling of the Newtown tragedy, which killed 26 people, including 20 children.
But his remarks came as he has struggled to rally support for gun control, as the number of mass shootings has risen in the U.S. in recent years.
On Friday, a gunman opened fire at a suburban Detroit church and killed nine people.
The gunman was later shot and killed by police.