Speaking after a meeting Tuesday of the National Security Council, President Obama addressed the recent terror attack in Orlando and called for increased gun control.
The meeting was scheduled prior to the mass murder at The Pulse gay club in Orlando that left 49 dead and dozens more seriously injured.
Addressing the press, Obama spoke of the radicalization of the U.S.-born terrorist killed in a shootout with Orlando Police Sunday morning.
“This individual appears to have absorbed some of that, and during his killing spree, the shooter in Orlando pledged allegiance to ISIL,” the president said. “As I’ve said before, these lone actors or small cells of terrorists are very hard to detect and very hard to prevent.”
After speaking to current and ongoing military operations against ISIS in Iraq and Syria at length, the president turned to domestic concerns.
“Lastly, here at home, if we really want to help law enforcement protect Americans from homegrown extremists, the kind of tragedies that occurred at San Bernardino and that now have occurred in Orlando, there is a meaningful way to do that,” said Obama. “We have to make it harder for people who want to kill Americans to get their hands on weapons of war that let them kill dozens of innocents.”
Part of the solution, as presented by the president, is to move forward with proposals to restrict gun sales to those on terror watch lists.
“People with possible ties to terrorism, who are not allowed on a…