‘Muslims are our friends, neighbors and sports heroes’: Obama interrupts Sunday night TV to preach tolerance and gun control but pledges no ground war against the ‘thugs’ of ISIS ‘death cult’

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President Barack Obama used his Sunday night address on terrorism to assure the American people that the California shootings from last week appear to be an isolated incident and vowed to defeat ISIS by being’strong and smart’. In only the third Oval Office address of his two terms as Commander in Chief, Obama declared the killings in San Bernardino an ‘act of terrorism’ and said the perpetrators went down the ‘dark path of radicalism’. But the president said there is ‘no evidence’ that the husband and wife shooters, Syed Farook (top left) and Tashfeen Malik (bottom left) were directed to commit the murders by a specific terrorist group nor that the United States is under threat of an imminent attack. The president called on Congress to pass legislation barring individuals on the no-fly list from purchasing guns and to make it more difficult for anyone to become the owner of a powerful automatic weapon. He also reiterated his opposition to putting combat troops on the grounds in Iraq and Syria. Fourteen people died and 21 were injured in the shooting by the Muslim couple at a holiday party on Wednesday. Obama said he would be looking to reach out to the Muslim community within the US and internationally to work together to defeat terrorism. The Oval Office speech made Obama and his wife, together right, slightly late to the Kennedy Center Honors where he was hosting the event to celebrate the work of George Lucas among other stars.

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