“We should never think this is something that just happens in the ordinary course of events,” he told CBS News.
“Because it doesn t happen with the same frequency in other countries.”
Fourteen people were killed and 14 others were wounded in a mass shooting at a facility for developmentally disabled people in San Bernardino, California, according to police.
Authorities say up to three suspects opened fire at the Inland Regional Center. Police are still searching for suspects.
Obama said: “My hope is that we are able to contain this particular shooting and we do not yet know what the motives of their shooter are.”
He added: “But, what we do know is that there are steps we can take to come together on a bipartisan basis at every level of government to make these rare as opposed to normal.” As an example, he pointed out that suspects on the terror watch list are not allowed to board an airplane but current law allows them to walk into any gun shop and buy whatever they want.
The President happened to be in an interview with CBS News reporter Norah O’Donnell when he received a briefing about the shooting.