After the shooting in San Bernardino, California, President Obama went on CBS News to talk about gun control.
It is unclear whether there was just one shooter or multiple shooters at the time of publication, but they were reportedly still at large as Obama weighed in.
“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,” he said, during an interview with CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell. Obama argued in favor of gun control laws that he says could prevent mass shootings, including a law that would ban people on the national “no-fly list” from purchasing firearms.
“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 we can do to stop them,” he said. “That’s a law that needs to be changed.”
Obama added that he didn’t know the motive for the shooting, but expressed “hope” that the situation could be contained. The president said in the interview that “our hearts go out to the victims and the families” but did not make any mention of prayers.
“We should never think that this is something that just happens in the ordinary course of events because it doesn’t happen with same frequency in other countries,” he concluded.