Video: President Obama reacts to San Bernardino shooting

In an interview with CBS News Wednesday, President Barack Obama reacted to the shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., bemoaning a “pattern. . . of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world.”

Looking forlorn, Obama said he hopes authorities are able to contain the shooting, and said that “common sense gun safety laws” and “stronger background checks” could help quell mass shootings in America.

Speaking of San Bernardino, Obama said, “We don’t yet know what the motives of the shooters are, but what we do know is 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.”


Since Obama was interviewed, authorities revealed that upwards of 14 people were killed and 14 were injured after one or more gunmen opened fire at a social services center. Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said at a news conference that the number of fatalities was a preliminary number and could change.

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Police are still searching for the suspects in the mass shooting.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.