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Obama, California Democrats Call For Tighter Gun Laws After San Bernardino Mass Shooting

LOS ANGELES ( — After news spread Wednesday of the San Bernardino mass shooting that killed 14 and injured 17, some politicians responded with calls to tighten gun-control measures.

Following the shooting, Pres. Barack Obama was briefed by Homeland Security and responded to the shooting.

"Those same people who we don't allow to fly could go into a store right now in the United States and buy a firearm, and there's nothing we can do to stop them," Obama told CBS News.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein went even further in her call for Congress to change gun laws.

"When a terrorist who can't board an airplane can buy an assault rifle in a gun store, that's a problem," Feinstein said in a statement. "Congress can't stop every shooting, but we can help reduce their frequency."

Sen. Barbara Boxer said it's heartbreaking to see another mass shooting in the country.

"It's not enough to keep lamenting these things," she said. "We have to take action."

Some Republicans, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and presidential hopeful Donald Trump, made public statements praising first responders or to offer prayers instead of addressing gun-control issues.

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