By Adele Hampton - 08/06/12 08:21 PM EDT
Asked during the signing of the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act if he would support additional gun-control legislation in the wake of the Wisconsin shooting and Colorado shooting just 16 days before, Obama said he looks to work with politicians and faith and community leaders as well as law enforcement to curb violence.
"I think all of us recognize that these kinds of terrible, tragic events are happening with too much regularity for us not to do some soul-searching and examine additional ways we can reduce violence. ... If it turns out, as some early reports indicate, that it may have been motivated in some way by the ethnicity of those who were attending the temple, I think the American people immediately recoil against those kinds of attitudes."
Obama has ordered United States flags be flown at half-staff in response to the shootings.
"In this country," Obama said, "regardless of what we look like, where we come from, who we worship, we are all one people and we look after one another, we respect one another."