“We will not be terrorized”. During the traditional speech on Saturday, Barack Obama spoke to his countrymen a few days after San Bernardino shooting, perpetrated by a Muslim couple. Despite ISIS’ claim and the oath of allegiance to al-Baghdadi posted by Tashfeen Malik, the woman killer, it is not clear yet whether the two of them were part of a terrorist cell. Actually, at the moment, FBI ruled has out this hypothesis. And Obama made it clear that tragedies like this are likely to “radicalize” society.
Therefore, he invited people not to fall into provocation. “We are Americans – he said -. We will defend our values, those of an open and free society. We are strong. We are resilient”. US President, however, admitted that it is possible “that the two bombers had been radicalized to carry out this terrorist act.” If so, he added, “it would reveal a threat we have been focused on for years: the danger of people succumbing to extremist ideologies and violent extremism”.
“We know that Isis and other terrorist groups are actively encouraging people around the world and in our country, to commit terrible acts of violence, often as lone wolves” Obama continued. Then he added: “Although we work to prevent attacks, all of us, the government, law enforcement, the community, and religious leaders, we must work together to prevent people from falling prey to these odious ideologies”.
Then Obama spoke about the need for greater restrictions on gun sales. “Who is present on the no-fly list, can walk into a store and buy a firearm. This is insane. If one is too dangerous to get on a plane, he is dangerous, by definition, also to buy a gun”, the president explained, recalling that “San Bernardino killers have used military-style assault rifles to kill as many people as possible” and calling on the Congress to “fix the law”.