The weapons used in this week’s San Bernardino, Calif. massacre were legally purchased and made many question how current U.S. firearm laws can help prevent gun violence.
Eighty-two percent of weapons involved in mass shootings over the last 30 years have been bought legally, according to a database gathered by Mother Jones magazine that defines a mass shooting as killing at least four people in a public area, NBC News reported. Mother Jones found that 73 mass shootings have occurred since 1982.
Authorities say that the couple–Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife Tashfeen Malik,27–who killed 14 people and injured 21 other people in San Bernardino legally purchased two 9 mm semi-automatic handguns and .223 caliber assault-style rifles legally.
This situation seemed to be the last straw for many and has brought up some serious criticism surrounding gun laws. Even President Barack Obama has something to say about it after the most recent massacre.
Obama said on Saturday that it is “insane” that people who are not allowed to fly on planes are allowed to purchase guns.
“Right now, people on the No-Fly list can walk into a store and buy a gun. That is insane. If you’re too dangerous to board a plane, you’re too dangerous, by definition, to buy a gun,” he said in his weekly address. “And so I’m calling on Congress to close this loophole, now. We may not be able to prevent every tragedy, but–at a bare minimum–we shouldn’t be making it so easy for potential terrorists or criminals to get their hands on a gun that they could use against Americans.”
According to CNN, Republicans have leveled withering criticism of Obama for linking the massacre and gun control together. And for not immediately playing up the terror aspect, in their opinion.
However, the possibility of the San Bernardino shooting suspects being radicalized ensures the need for people to “work together” to prevent it from happening, according to Obama.
“We know that ISIL and other terrorist groups are actively encouraging people–around the world and in our country–to commit terrible acts of violence, often times as lone wolf actors,” the president said. “And even as we work to prevent attacks, all of us–government, law enforcement, communities, faith leaders–need to work together to prevent people from falling victim to these hateful ideologies.”