President Obama was here just two months ago.
At the start of October, the president delivered a statement from the White House about a shooting at an Oregon community college that had claimed nine lives.
“I hope and pray that I don’t have to come out again during my tenure as president to offer my condolences to families in these circumstances,” he said, visibly frustrated, inside the briefing room. “But based on my experience as president, I can’t guarantee that.”
On Thursday morning, Obama offered his condolences to the friends and family of the 14 people killed and 17 injured in a shooting rampage in San Bernardino, California, a day earlier. This time, Obama spoke to a group of reporters inside the Oval Office, his tone considerably less forceful, almost resigned.
“It’s going to be important for all of us, including our legislatures, to see what we can do to make sure that when individuals decide that they want to do somebody harm, we’re making it a little harder for them to do it,” he said, “Because right now, it’s just too easy.”
Obama said the shooting investigation has been turned over to the FBI, which will coordinate with local law enforcement. Investigators are considering terrorism and a workplace dispute as possible motives.