Speaking to reporters at the Oval Office, President Barack Obama said on December 3 that he is closely following the investigation into the San Bernardino massacre. He has handed it over to the FBI. "At this stage we do not yet know why this terrible event occurred," Obama said. "It is possible this was terrorist-related ... it is possible this was workplace-related." He added, "at this point, this is now a FBI investigation."
Obama said, "We are going to get to the bottom of this…There may be mixed motives in all of this, which makes the investigation more complicated."
“We see the prevalence of mass shootings in this country. So many Americans feel as if there’s nothing we can do about it. We are fortunate to have an extraordinary combination of law enforcement, intelligence, and military that work every single day to keep us safe. But we can’t leave it just to our professionals to deal with the problem of these kinds of horrible killings. We all have a part to play."
He continued, “We’re going to have to search ourselves as a society to take basic steps that would make it harder – not impossible – but harder for individuals to get access to weapons."
Calling again for stricter gun control laws, Obama said "We need to make sure when individuals decide they want to do harm we make it harder because right now it's just too easy." He said, "We're going to have to I think search ourselves as a society to make sure that we take some basic steps that make it harder — not impossible — but harder for individuals to get access to weapons.” He called on legislatures to enact gun control measures.
Obama has since ordered that all flags be flown at half-staff at the White House and all federal government buildings, American embassies, and military installations in memory of the victims of the mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center on December 2.
Besides local and state law enforcement, the FBI and ATF was called to San Bernardino after a Muslim husband and wife team barged into a conference room where a party was underway at the Inland Regional Center. There they opened fire and killed 14 while wounding 17 more. Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik were later killed in a hail of police bullets near their home in nearby Redlands, California.
In a separate interview that was taped on December 2 in the aftermath of the shooting, Obama said in an interview that aired on December 3 that America is not in danger from an ISIS attack on its soil. American law enforcement, he said, is well equipped to protect the nation over Christmas. "ISIL will not pose an existential threat to us. They are a dangerous organization like al Qaeda was, but we have hardened our defenses," Obama told CBS. "The American people should feel confident that, you know, we are going to be able to defend ourselves and make sure that, you know, we have a good holiday and go about our lives."
Obama called for calm and said that terrorists and ISIS "only win if we start reacting out of fear." However, this came after numerous reports that the FBI is looking into ISIS sympathizers living in the U.S. Once again, Obama called for additional gun controls.
Obama also said today that he expects that the Attorney General and the director of the FBI will have a press conference to give details of the ongoing investigation.
In the November 13 Islamist terror attack in Paris, 130 persons died. At the Bataclan auditorium where hundreds of concert goers were held, the terrorists barricaded themselves and shot many of their victims execution-style. France has one of the strictest gun control regimes in the world.
And in San Bernardino, investigators have found 12 explosive pipe-bomb devices in the residence associated with the terrorists of December 2. The two pistols and two rifles associated with the killings were purchased legally, according to local police.