Obama calls on Congress to act on key issues to fight terrorism

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President Barack Obama addressed the nation regarding the recent mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, at the top of his remarks to the nation.

"It is clear the two of (the shooters) had gone down the dark path of radicalization embracing a perverted interpretation of Islam that calls for war against America and the West," he said. "This was an act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people."

President Obama told the country that the U.S. will not give into fear in the face of terrorism.

"The threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it. We will destroy ISIL and any other organization that tries to harm us," he said. "We've surged intelligence sharing with our European allies. We're working with Turkey to seal off its border with Syria."

He said he is working to make it harder for people to use technology to aid terrorism.

President Obama called on Congress to take specific steps to help combat terrorism following the terror attack last week in San Bernardino.

"Congress should act to make sure no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun. What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terror suspect to buy a semi-automatic weapon?" he said. "This is a matter of national security. We also need to make it harder to buy higher-powered assault rifles like the ones that were used in San Bernardino. What we can do and must do is make it harder for them to kill."

The President said if Congress agrees the U.S. is at war with ISIS, "it should go ahead and vote for the continued use of military force." "I think it's time for Congress to vote to demonstrate that the American people are united and committed to this fight," he said.

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