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President Obama Reacts To San Bernardino Shooting With A Heavy Heart — Video

Wed, December 2, 2015 5:37pm EDT by Chris Rogers 3 Comments

President Barack Obama sat down for an exclusive interview with CBS News, during which he was supposed to talk about his trip to Paris and climate change, but once he heard about the horrific shooting in San Bernardino, California on Dec. 1, he shared his feelings on the tragedy.

The shooting that took place in San Bernardino, California on Dec. 1 is still an active situation, so not a lot if known at this time, but what President Barack Obama does know is that “we have pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world,” he told CBS News during an exclusive interview this afternoon. This is actually the President’s seventh time reacting to a mass shooting in the last five months.

“The one thing we do know is that we have pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world,” President Obama told CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell at the White House this afternoon. “We don’t know that much yet; it’s still an active situation. It does appear there are going to be some casualties and obviously our hearts go out to victims and the families.”

Update: The shooters have been identified as Syed Farook, 28 and his wife,Tashfeen Malik, 27. After fleeing the scene in SUVs, they were tracked to a home in Redlands, California, where they were killed in a shootout with police.

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Norah was at the White House, preparing to interview the President on his trip to Paris and climate change, according to‘s sister site Deadline, but when he heard about the shooting, CBS News landed the first comments from our commander in chief. And he took the opportunity to lobby for changes to gun laws.

“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,” he added. “For those who are concerned about terrorism of, you know, 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. My hope is that we’re able to contain this particular shooting and, and we don’t yet know what the motives of the shooters are, but what we do know is, 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. We should never think that this is something that just happens in the ordinary course of events.”

Our thoughts continue to go out to the victims of this terrible act of violence.