President Barack Obama responded to the shooting that occurred today at the Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport that took the lives of five people. The shooter was identified as Estaban Santiago, a 26 year old male who was carrying a military ID, and a handgun.
According to reports, Santiago had walked into FBI offices in Anchorage and told them he was being forced to work for ISIS.
Obama told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News that “we’re heartbroken for families who have been affected,” and that “these tragedies have happened far too often during the eight years that I’ve been president.”
Obama: We’re heartbroken for families of Fort Lauderdale shooting victims. These tragedies have happened too often during my presidency pic.twitter.com/MobA1mJyCe
— Brianna Sacks (@bri_sacks) January 6, 2017
While this may be another ISIS inspired shooting on a gun-free zone, Obama has made it a habit to blame shootings on the lack of gun control laws.
“If you ask me where has been the one area that I feel that I’ve been most frustrated and most stymied, it is the fact that the United States of America is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient common-sense gun-safety laws even in the face of repeated mass killings,” Obama told the BBC back in 2015.
Many mass killings however have not been done by Dylan Roof types, but by those inspired by, or under the command of, ISIS. San Bernardino, the Pulse Club shootings, and even the Paris attacks were all done in the name of the organization, as well as in places were firearms were prohibited.