Comparing his recent remarks on the San Bernardino shooting to the Umpqua community college shooting, there is a stark difference. He rails against current gun laws in the U.S. and advocates for stronger background checks in both speeches, but does not bring up the radical Islam link in the San Bernardino shooting because “it is an active situation.”
Referring to the San Bernardino shooting:
It’s still an active situation. FBI is on the ground offering assistance to local officials as they need it. It does appear that there are going to be some casualties. And, obviously our hearts go out to the victims and the families. The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world. And there are some steps we could take not to eliminate every one of these mass shootings, but to improve the odds that they don’t happen as frequently: common-sense gun safety laws, stronger background checks.
Here is a similar statement from his speech about Umpqua:
And what’s become routine, of course, is the response of those who oppose any kind of common-sense gun legislation. Right now, I can imagine the press releases being cranked out: We need more guns, they’ll argue. Fewer gun safety laws.
Does anybody really believe that? There are scores of responsible gun owners in this country –they know that’s not true. We know because of the polling that says the majority of Americans understand we should be changing these laws — including the majority of responsible, law-abiding gun owners.