The San Bernardino massacre underscores the threat of “lone-wolf actors” who’ve “succumbed to violent extremist ideologies,” President Obama said as he called for Americans to come together to “prevent people from falling victim to these hateful ideologies.”
In his weekly video address released Saturday morning, the president mourned the slaying of 14 people Wednesday as “an absolute tragedy, not just for San Bernardino, but for our country.” He said that investigators were working to get a full picture of the assailants.
“If so, it would underscore a threat we’ve been focused on for years — the danger of people succumbing to violent extremist ideologies,” Obama continued.
“We know that ISIL and other terrorist groups are actively encouraging people — around the world and in our country — to commit terrible acts of violence, often times as lone-wolf actors,” he said, using an alternate name for Islamic State. “And even as we work to prevent attacks, all of us — government, law enforcement, communities, faith leaders — need to work together to prevent people from falling victim to these hateful ideologies.”
Obama did not appear in public after the FBI announcement Friday. In comments Thursday after a meeting with his security team, he said his focus was “getting the facts before we issue any decisive judgments in terms of how this occurred.”
He also renewed his call for legislation to prevent anyone on a no-fly list from being able to purchase guns.
In the Republican response, Rep. Candice Miller of Michigan discussed legislation the House will consider next week to make changes to a visa-waiver program.
“Terrorists are looking for any and every opportunity to exploit those freedoms and use them against us, so we need to think clearly,” Miller said. “And clearly, we have a major weakness in our visa-waiver program — a glaring hole that we have to close.”
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