“We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world, and there’s 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,” Obama said during an interview with CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell.
The interview with CBS occurred as the situation in San Bernardino was unfolding.
“My hope is that we’re able to contain this particular shooting and 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 and that we should come together in a bipartisan basis at every level of government to make these rare as opposed to normal,” he continued. “We should never think that this is something that just happens in the ordinary course of events, because it doesn’t happen with the same frequency in other countries.”
He also called for reforms to block individuals on the “no fly” list from being able to purchase guns.
“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. That’s a law that needs to be changed,” he said. Read more at CBS News.