President Obama, asked Monday if he planned to pursue gun-control measures in the wake of the deadly shootings at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, said he was waiting for the outcome of the investigation.
The president added that "all of us are heartbroken by what happened."
Obama added that such events as Sunday's shooting occur "with too much regularity." He said he would examine "additional ways to reduce violence" but stopped short of calling for new gun-control laws.
The president also pointed to news reports that the gunman, identified as Wade Michael Page may have been motivated by racial reasons.
"Regardless of what we look like, where we come from, or where we worship, we're all one people," he said.
Later, press secretary Jay Carney told reporters that Obama "believes that we have a broader issue with violence in America that needs to be addressed from a variety of angles, including efforts that this administration has undertaken to work with local communities to try to get children out of gangs, to get kids out of gangs, to get kids back in school, working with local law enforcement in their efforts to fight crime.
"Incidents like this are horrific, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and to the Sikh community in Wisconsin. But we cannot lose sight of the fact that there is violence all the time in America and that we need to take concerted action to deal with it," Carney said.
Obama also ordered that the flag be flown at half-staff at the White House and all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels, in memory of the victims.
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