Doocy to Earnest: Obama Thinks Common Sense Gun Laws Would Stop Terrorists?
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President Obama doubled down on his calls for stricter gun laws following the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.
Obama declared Thursday that the motive for the attack was still unknown before calling for "basic steps" to be taken to make it harder for individuals to obtain guns in America.
Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy pressed the White House on the remarks, asking whether tougher gun control laws can stop radical Islamists from carrying out an attack in the U.S.
Josh Earnest answered that Obama does, in fact, believe that "common sense" gun laws will make Americans safer.
"The president thinks that if there are potentially two terrorists sitting around planning a mass murder, they may call it off because President Obama has put in place common sense gun laws?" Doocy asked.
Earnest said it's still not clear yet if the San Bernardino shooting was a terror attack, emphasizing that all of the suspects' guns were purchased legally.
The attackers, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 27, had 12 pipe bombs in their home and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
Malik was a Pakistani who was in the U.S. on a K-1 visa, often referred to as a fiance visa. Farook had reportedly traveled to Mecca in 2013 and to Pakistan.
According to reports, Farook had communicated with more than one individual being investigated for terrorism ties.
Watch the exchange above.
Jeb Bush responded on "Special Report" to the White House's persistent calls for stricter gun laws.
He said President Obama should focus on re-authorizing the NSA's bulk surveillance program in order to protect the homeland, rather than using each mass shooting to try to "take rights away from law-abiding citizens."