Obama On San Bernadino Shooting: ‘No Parallel’ With Rest Of World (VIDEO)

President Obama reacted to the latest mass shooting in America, this time in San Bernadino, California, by pointing out that this brand of killing has “no parallel” in the modern world.

The killing occurred at the Inland Regional Center for those with developmental and intellectual disabilities by what appears to be a group of prepared, armed and armored men. Police said at a press conference that the death toll appears to be at least 14, while another 14 may have been injured in the attack. The perpetrators have not yet been captured.

“We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world,” Obama told CBS News. “And there are some steps we can take to not eliminate every one of these mass shootings but to improve the odds that they don’t happen as frequently.”

Obama said those steps could include stronger background checks and “common sense gun safety laws,” reiterating the same call for more gun control reforms that he’s issued after past mass shootings.

Obama also pointed out that Congress, backed by the NRA, has refused to pass laws preventing people on the terrorist suspect watch list from buying guns. In the wake of the Paris attacks, Obama and other Democrats have pushed for those laws to be passed. A video from a few years ago from Al Qaeda pointed to this and the gun show loophole as an avenue for their agents to buy guns and engage in terrorist attacks in America.

The United States has a higher rate of gun homicide than any other developed nation. In 2012 there were 29.7 homicides by firearm per 1 million people in the United States. By comparison that rate was 5.1 for Canada, 3.3 for Netherlands, and 1.9 for Germany.

The San Bernadino shooting was the 21st mass shooting in 2015, and the 141st mass shooting since January of 2009, and the 61st mass shooting since the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

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