In a nationally televised address on Sunday night, President Barack Obama said that while the San Bernardino terrorists—who murdered 14 Americans—had embraced what he described as a “perverted interpretation of Islam” they had also adopted a form of violence that is “all too common” in America: mass shootings.
As part of the solution to this type of terrorism, Obama called for more gun control in the United States.
“So far, we have no evidence that the killers were directed by a terrorist organization overseas, or that they were part of a broader conspiracy here at home,” Obama said.
“But it is clear that the two of them had gone down the dark path of radicalization, embracing a perverted interpretation of Islam that calls for war against America and the West,” he said. “They had stockpiled assault weapons, ammunition and pipe bombs. So, this was an act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people.”
After citing the terrorists’ use of guns to carry out their terrorist attacks in the United States, Obama called for Congress to enact greater restrictions on gun ownership by Americans.
In addition to prohibiting gun purchases by anyone on the Transportation Safety Administration’s No-Fly List, Obama also would like Congress to “make it harder” of r people to buy what he called “powerful assault weapons.”
“To begin with, Congress should act to make sure no one on a No-Fly list is able to buy a gun,” said Obama. “What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terror suspect to buy a semi-automatic weapon? This is a matter of national security.
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