Raleigh residents react to President Obama’s address about terrorism

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Locally, members of the Muslim community are reacting to what President Obama said about terrorists in his speech to the country Sunday night.

WNCN sat and watched President Obama speak along with the director of Raleigh’s chapter of the Muslim American Society.

“When they decided to buy that gear, to put that gear on their bodies, to go into that facility and kill those people, essentially they stopped being Muslim,” said Sabra.

She appreciates President Obama’s remarks distinguishing terrorists and Islam. She says targeting a religion will only cause more division, more hate and more pain.

“Usually, typically you would pray, ‘Oh, this is a shame, it shouldn’t have happened.’ You find yourself praying, ‘Oh please, don’t let it be a Muslim.’ Because the fallout is going to come to the Muslim community,” said Sabra.

President Obama’s speech touched on many topics stemming from last week’s shooting in San Bernardino, including gun control.

Raleigh residents we spoke to agree with the President that gun laws need to be changed.

“Having the ability to easily have access to guns just facilitates the ongoing issues,” said Chip Haskins.

Nancy Breeding is a registered gun owner and advocate of responsible gun ownership, but does not see the need for owning an assault style weapon.

“I do have a problem with anybody owning semi-automatics. I mean, what are you going to do with that other than kill people? I don’t see a purpose for that,” said Breeding.

But Republicans say the president’s remarks were not tough enough or on topic. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted, “Well, Obama refused to say (he just can’t say it), that we are at war with radical Islamic terrorists.”

While the cause of the problem is debated, the results are clear: Americans want something done.

“It’s just devastating that we continue to have all this hatred and anger and I’m wondering how we balance this out and have more love in the world,” said Tanza Haskins.

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