Obama calls for gun reforms in wake of San Bernardino shooting

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People are escorted away from the scene of a shooting in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, 2015.

By Jeremy Diamond


WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama reiterated his call for more gun control reforms to make mass shootings in the U.S. “rare as opposed to normal” in the wake of a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.

Speaking to CBS News moments after news broke of the shooting, Obama called for “common sense gun safety laws” and urged lawmakers to pass a law to prevent individuals on the “No Fly List” who are barred from boarding commercial flights from legally purchasing firearms.

“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,” Obama said in the interview. “We should never think that this is just something that just happens in the ordinary course of events because it doesn’t happen with the same frequency in other countries.”

Obama said the pattern of U.S. mass shootings “has no parallel anywhere else in the world.”

Emergency personnel responded late Wednesday morning to reports of a shooting that killed or injured as more than 20 people, according to law enforcement.

Law enforcement officials are now on the lookout for as many as three suspects believed to be armed with AK-47-type weapons who reportedly fled the scene of the shooting in a black SUV.

It is unclear as of now who the suspects are and what the motives were behind the shooting.

Obama had been briefed on the shooting by his homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco moments before speaking with CBS News for a prescheduled interview.

Obama has spoken forcefully about the need for additional gun control laws to reduce the number of mass shootings in the country in the wake of past incidents in the country.

Speaking to reporters in Paris just a day earlier, Obama touched on the news of a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic on Friday in which a lone gunman killed three people.

“I mean, I say this every time we go one of these mass shootings, this just doesn’t happen in other countries,” Obama said Tuesday.

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    That’s right Mr. Obama, we need more “common sense gun safety laws” like the kind they have in Chicago, Detroit, and ………. California. That would have made all the difference in the minds of mentally retarded liberals.

  • David Whittington

    “Obama said the pattern of U.S. mass shootings “has no parallel anywhere else in the world.”
    Apparently Mr. Obama has already forgotten about the Paris shootings – and last time I checked France is part of ‘the world’. It is incredibly pathetic Obama uses these tragic incidents to attempt to advance his Liberal political agenda – an agenda bent on ignoring the 2nd Amendment and gathering up every last gun in the USA – a goal senile Liberal Senator Dianne Feinstein has already publicly announced. This San Bernadino tragic incident has all the hallmarks of a terrorist attack. Obama should be talking about TERRORISTS and how to root them out – not talking about US gun laws !!!

    • bob

      Not to mention the Norway shooting, which was the WORST IN HISTORY…..in a country with such strict gun control that even the first cops who showed up on the scene were unarmed and became targets.

  • liberalsareflybait

    Look,learn,listen,this is what liberal scum like obama do….NEVER miss an opportunity.Heaven forbid it should turn out to be muslims,.They will have to find a movie to blame it on or try to cover it up,maybe it will be deemed workplace violence……..

  • Paul Rasmussen

    obaamy cannot be this stupid…… one has to consider a red flag event here in order to advance his deranged agenda and yes…… he would go that far. he is stupid like a fox.. no pun intended 13


    Our king has forgotten that he took an oath to uphold and defend the US Constitution, and that includes all of it’s amendments.

  • Finny Wiggen

    When the shootings took place yesterday I made the comment to an associate: “hit your stopwatch, let’s see how long it takes for Obama to pathetically try to score political points from this tragedy.” Didn’t take long!

    Incidentally, the best (common sense) way to combat things like this is to have an armed citizenry. If what happened in Paris had happened in a red state, the perpetrators would have been taken out by ten different concealed carry permit holders and the carnage would have been significantly lessened.

    If it had happened in a blue state, like New York, the result would have been exactly the same as it was in Paris.

    But who cares about common sense, when there are political points to be scored.

  • bob

    Muslim terrorists shoot up a gun-free zone where NOT ONE SINGLE LAW-ABIDING CITIZEN HAD A GUN, and Obammy’s reaction is to call for more gun control.

    This from the guy who armed (and continues to arm) ISIS, and who toppled the governments of Libya and Egypt in order to install radical jihadis.

    Barry IS an Islamic terrorist.

  • Just Bob

    yes, we do need more “common sense gun safety laws” Like making gun free zone illegal.. that would be a good start.. another good common sense law would be a national constitutional carry

  • kp

    What an idiot-obama; need criminal reform, need islamist muslim entry/residence permission Visa into USA reform;
    need reform to allow all taxpaying non criminal US citizens to be armed in Public so that We The People have a fighting chance against radical islamist terrorists/murderers on our home turf!
    Need to secure the US Borders, deport all illegal aliens, criminal aliens, muslims, islamists..

  • kp

    What is your favorite holiday movie?

    Miracle on 34th Street


    Nightmare Before Christmas

    Bad Santa

    Home Alone

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    It’s a Wonderful Life

    The Muppet Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Story

    Christmas Vacation
    How about a choice of “none of the above” ?

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