Today, President Obama commented about the terror attack in Orlando, and focused a great deal of his time speaking about gun control. He did not say the words “Radical Islam” or “Islamic extremism.”
Omar Mateen killed 49 people at an Orlando nightclub, he was inspired by “extremist” information over the internet, President Barack Obama said Monday, calling it an apparent example of “homegrown extremism” that U.S. officials have been worrying about for years.
President Obama spoke after meeting with the FBI director. He said the attack appears similar to the events in San Bernardino, California.
“At this stage, we see no clear evidence that he was directed externally,” Obama said, referring to suggestions that the Islamic State group or other extremists had orchestrated the attack. “It does appear that at the last minute, he announced allegiance to ISIL,” he said.
Obama said investigators are still looking into the motivations of the shooter and considering all possibilities. However, they do not believe this is part of a bigger plot.
Obama also pointed to Mateen’s ability to acquire the firearms used in the attack.
“We make it very easy for individuals who are troubled or disturbed or who want to engage in violent acts to get very powerful weapons very quickly,” Obama said. “And that’s a problem.”