President Obama San Bernardino Shooting Statement Video — Watch Full Speech
President Obama spoke about the San Bernardino shooting massacre at the White House on Thursday. Watch below.
As Gossip Cop reported, 14 people were killed at the Inland Regional Center on Wednesday when a man and woman opened fire. Another 14 were injured, all with gunshot wounds. The two suspects, identified as Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, were later killed during a shootout with police.
While Obama briefly commented on the tragedy in its immediate aftermath, he now spoke from the Oval Office after receiving a briefing from his security team. With Vice President Biden by his side, Obama began by saying he offers “prayers to the families of those who have been killed and pray for a speedy recovery for those who have been injured in this attack.”
The President said he thanked San Bernardino’s mayor and law enforcement for their handling of the situation, but stressed that a lot of questions still need to be answered. “At this stage, we do not know why this terrible event occurred. We do know that the two inidivudals who were killed were equipped with weapons and appeared to have access to additional weaponry at their homes,” said Obama. “But we don’t know why they did it. We don’t know at this point the extent of their plans. We do not know their motivations.”
He went on, “It is possible that this was terrorist-related, but we don’t know. It’s also possible this was workplace-related.” Noting the case is now an FBI investigation, he said a motive will not become clear until a “larger number of interviews” are conducted and electronic devices are reviewed.
For now, Obama said, “what I can assure the American people is we’re going to get to the bottom of this and we are going to be vigilant as we always are in getting the facts before we issue any decisive judgments in terms of how this occurred.”
Then, alluding to the larger issues of gun control in the U.S., Obama continued, “More broadly, as I said yesterday, we see the prevalence of these kinds of mass shootings in this country, and I think so many Americans sometimes feel as if there’s nothing we can do about it.”
“We are fortunate to have an extraordinary combination of law enforcement and intelligence and military who work every day to keep us safe,” said the Commander-in-Chief. “But we can’t just leave it to our professionals to deal with the problem of these horrible killings. We all have a part to play.”
Obama insisted, “It’s going to be important for all of us, including our legislators, to see what we can do to make sure that when individuals decide they want to do harm, we make it harder for them, because right now it’s just too easy. We’re going to have search ourselves as a society.
In closing, the President said, “In the meantime, once again, I want to offer our deepest condolences to those who have been affected by this terrible tragedy. And to those who have been injured, we hope they get well quickly and are able to be back together with their families.” Check out the full video below.