President Barack Obama called gun control “a matter of national security” in his Sunday address in the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack.
Obama said he wants Congress to “make it harder for people to buy powerful assault weapons like the ones that were used in San Bernardino.”
Speaking in only the third Oval Office address of his presidency, Obama insisted, “no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun.”
“What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semiautomatic weapon? This is a matter of national security,” Obama claimed.
“We also need to make it harder for people to buy powerful assault weapons like the ones that were used in San Bernardino,” Obama said. “I know there are some who reject any gun safety measures, but the fact is that our intelligence and law enforcement agencies, no matter how effective they are, cannot identify every would-be mass shooter, whether that individual is motivated by ISIL or some other hateful ideology. What we can do and must do is make it harder for them to kill.”
“Next, we should put in place stronger screening for those who come to America without a visa so that we can take a hard look at whether they’ve traveled to war zones and we’re working with members of both parties in Congress to do exactly that.”
“Finally, if Congress believes, as I do, that we are at war with ISIL, it should go ahead and vote to authorize the continued use of military force against these terrorists. For over a year, I have ordered our military to take thousands of air strikes gainst ISIL targets. I think it’s time for Congress to vote to demonstrate that the American people are united and committed to this fight,” Obama argued.