Obama Pushes For Bipartisan Effort After San Bernardino Shooting

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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At least 14 people are dead following a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, on Dec. 2.

The incident took place at the Inland Regional Center, which provides resources to children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Once again, President Barack Obama noted that the United States is alone in its pattern of mass shootings and violence. 

"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," Obama told CBS shortly after the massacre. "There are some steps we can take, not to eliminate every one of these mass shootings, but to improve the odds that they don’t happen as frequently."

"We should come together in a bipartisan basis at every level of government to make these rare as opposed to normal," he added.

After the last several shootings, Obama has reiterated that he hopes the tragedies spark action. His most recent remarks are not unlike his address following the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in June. 

"Now is the time for mourning and for healing,” Obama said at the time. “But let’s be clear: At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it.”

Sources: CBS, The White House, Los Angeles Times / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons