In a rare Oval Office speech on December 6, President Obama led off by addressing the tragic shootings in San Bernardino on December 2 that took 14 lives, and as he did in his weekly address the previous day, once again called for more gun control.
On December 6, he said that the San Bernardino shootings were “another tragic reminder that here in America it’s way too easy for dangerous people to get their hands on a gun.” In his Oval Office address, he repeated his mantra: “We also need to make it harder for people to buy powerful assault weapons like the ones that were used in San Bernardino.”
As he frequently does, Obama called his proposed gun control “gun safety measures.”
Before getting into gun control, Obama touched on several aspects of terrorism, even as he admitted that there is no evidence that the San Bernardino “killers were directed by a terrorist organization overseas, or that they were part of a broader conspiracy here at home.”
Starting with the observation that “our nation has been at war with terrorists since al-Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 Americans on 9/11,”Obama moved closer to the present by stating that as our nation has become better at stopping terrorist attacks of the magnitude of 9/11, the terrorists have “evolved” into a new phase — “less complicated acts of violence like the mass shootings that are all too common in our society.”
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