Making no promises, Obama struggles for solution on violence

FILE - In this May 6, 2016, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

WASHIGNTON (AP) – Was it homegrown terrorism, anti-gay bigotry or random gun violence?

Americans searching for answers after the Orlando shootings are finding no easy solutions from Barack Obama. The president is acknowledging that a deadly mix of extremism and easy gun access have made future tragedies almost a foregone conclusion.

In the days after the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history, Obama has offered no simple prescriptions or promises for new action – even as the candidates vying for his job put forward aggressive plans of their own.

Instead, he’s suggested the root causes behind a “disturbed” man’s actions are difficult to determine and may be less important than a sort of “soul searching” about what to do about it.

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