Obama’s Immediate Reaction to San Bernadino: More Gun Control Laws

By CNSNews.com Staff | December 3, 2015 | 9:56am EST
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(CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday reacted immediately to the mass murder in San Bernadino by calling for more gun-control laws.

The president said that the United States is particularly plagued by mass shootings—more than other countries—and that these could be curtailed by “gun safety laws.”

Here are the president’s remarks in an interview with CBS as transcribed by the White House:

"It's still an active situation. FBI is on the ground offering assistance to local officials as they need it. It does appear that there are going to be some casualties. And, obviously our hearts go out to the victims and the families. The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world. And there are some steps we could take not to eliminate every one of these mass shootings, but to improve the odds that they don't happen as frequently: common-sense gun safety laws, stronger background checks.

"And for those who are concerned about terrorism, some may be aware of the fact that we have a no-fly list where people can't get on planes, but those same people who we don't allow to fly could go into a store right now in the United States and buy a firearm and there's nothing that we can do to stop them. That's a law that needs to be changed.

"And so my hope is that we're able to contain this particular shooting, and we don't yet know what the motives of the shooters are, but what we do know is that there are steps we can take to make Americans safer, and that we should come together in a bipartisan basis at every level of government to make these rare as opposed to normal. We should never think that this is something that just happens in the ordinary course of events, because it doesn't happen with the same frequency in other countries."

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