Recap: Obama Calls San Bernardino an Act of Terrorism, Urges Gun Control, Americans Not to Discriminate Against Muslims and Vows to Destroy ISIS ... But Offers No New Strategy
President Obama on Sunday night said the U.S. military will "continue to hunt down terrorists" and the country is indeed at war with terrorism, following a series of deadly terror attacks on American soil and around the world.
However, he also said the recent terror attacks in San Bernardino, Calif., were an act of terrorism but so far does not appear connected to a larger terror network.
"This was an act of terrorism," Obama said in his first Oval Office address since 2010, showing the magnitude of the situation.
He spoke four days after terrorists apparently associated with the Islamic State fatally shot 14 people and wounded dozens more in the San Bernardino attack and after last month’s Paris bombing attacks that killed 130.
The Islamic State group has also claimed responsibility for several other smaller-scale attacks in recent weeks.
The president announced no significant shift in U.S. strategy and offered no new policy prescriptions for defeating the Islamic State, underscoring both his confidence in his current approach and the lack of easy options for countering the extremist group.
He did call on Congress to tighten America's visa waiver program and to pass a new authorization for military actions underway against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
The president also reiterated his call for tightening U.S. gun laws, saying no matter how effective law enforcement and intelligence are, they can't identify every would-be shooter. He called it a matter of national security to prevent potential killers from getting guns.