Press Conferences Following San Bernardino Shooting

A shooting at the  Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, CA, left 14 people dead and 17 injured. Two suspects have been killed, and their motivation for the attack at the facility for people with developmental disabilities is unclear. A holiday party was taking place in the conference room where the shooting took place.

County police have been holding press conferences, providing as much information as possible. The police chief gave an initial statement: 

In this video, so many questions are unanswered that I wonder whether the conference was held too early: 

As he has after other recent shootings, President Obama gave a statement:

Discussion Starters: 

  • Do you agree with my assessment of the police news conference? Is it too soon to offer a Q&A session if so little is known and so few answers are given?
  • So far, the National Rifle Association is quiet on social media, although others blame the organization. Should the NRA respond or make a statement at this time? 
  • Compare President Obama's statement with his news conference following the recent school shooting in Oregon. What differences and similarities do you see?