President Obama this morning, making his latest statement following the latest mass murder in this country, now is reduced to suggesting the American public and legislators search as a society to “make sure we’re taking basic steps that would make it harder — not impossible but harder — for individuals to get access to weapons.”
“We see the prevalence of these kinds of mass shooting in this country,” Obama said from the Oval Office. “So many Americans sometimes feel as if there is nothing we can do about it. We are fortunate to have an extraordinary combination of law enforcement and intelligence and military that work every single day to keep us safe. But we can’t just leave it to our professionals to deal with the problem of these kinds of horrible killings. We all have a part to play.
“And I do think that as the investigation moves forward, it’s important for all of us, including our legislators, to see what we can do to make sure that when individuals decide that they want to do somebody harm, we make it a little harder for them to do it. Because right now it’s just too easy. We’re going to have to, I think, search ourselves, as a society, to make sure were taking basic steps that would make it harder — not impossible but harder — for individuals to get access to weapons.”
Obama today also ordered the flag be flown at half-staff at the White House, all government buildings and grounds, all military posts domestically and abroad and all U.S embassies through December 7.
One day earlier, exclusive interview with CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell at the White House, a frustrated Obama said of the mass murder in San Bernardino, “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.”
He added: “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.”
This morning, however, House Speaker Paul Ryan shot down that idea, telling CBS This Morning that no-fly lists violate individuals’ rights, that people “have been put on the no-fly lists mistakenly” and that the frequency of mass shootings in this country is a mental health issue. This morning, after speaking with the FBI and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Obama said a motive for Wednesday’s shooting has not been determined. “It is possible that this was terrorist related, but we don’t know,” he said. “It’s also possible this was workplace related.”.