WTXF/AP - President Obama spoke Thursday morning on the San Bernardino shootings yesterday. "It is possible that this is terrorist-related," he said, although we don't know, and it may have been workplace-related. He also decried the prevalence of mass shootings, and vowed "basic steps" to make it harder for individuals to get access to weapons.
The president added that there may be "mixed motives" for the shootings, and that it may take some time to figure out exactly what happened.
"Our first order of business is to send our thoughts and prayers to the families of those who have been killed, and to pray for a speedy recovery of those who have been injured."
"We don't know why they did it. We don't know at this point the extent of their plans," Obama said, warning against passing judgment before conclusions are drawn.
Obama repeated his case for new gun control measures -- a call he's promised to issue after every mass shooting -- although he did not lay out specific proposals or criticize the Republican-led Congress for blocking tighter controls, as he often does.
Speaking softly, a subdued Obama said too often Americans feel there's nothing they can do to prevent this kind of violence.
"We all have a part to play. As the investigation moves forward, it's going to be important for all of us, including our legislatures, to see what we can do to make sure that when an individual decides they want to do somebody harm, we make it a little harder for them to do it. Right now, it's just too easy.
"We're going to have to, I think, search ourselves as a society," he said.
Obama ordered U.S. flags at the White House and other government buildings to be flown at half-staff through Monday to honor the victims of the shootings.