Obama: 'This was an act of terrorism'
President Obama said Sunday that the threat of terrorism to the United States has evolved into a new phase in the wake of recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif. He outlined U.S. actions against the Islamic State and other militant groups. But, he said it was very difficult to prevent lone-wolf attacks by “self-radicalized” terrorists. The president also warned that anti-Muslim rhetoric only helps radical groups attract recruits, and he repeated his call for gun control.
Class discussion: Has the president or any of his opponents presented a plausible plan for preventing an attack like the one in San Bernardino? Is there any way to stop attacks by a “lone wolf”? Do you think all the talk assailing Islam helps radicalize some people? Would defeating the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq stop terrorism? Why or why not? Have relaxed gun laws and growing gun sales reduced the number of shooting attacks in the United States? Does fear generated by mass shootings boost profits of gun makers and dealers?