GOP candidates say extremism, not gun laws, at fault for Cali. shooting

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Washington, Dec. 1, 2015. (Photo by Andrew Harnik/AP)
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Washington, Dec. 1, 2015. 

Republican presidential candidates on Thursday pointed to terrorism and extremist ideologies as the reasons behind the deadly mass shooting in California, but largely avoided the issue of gun control after Democrats accused the GOP of being unwilling to take action to prevent future massacres.

"All of us are deeply concerned that this is yet another manifestation of terrorism, radical Islamic terrorism here at home," Ted Cruz said at the Republican Jewish Forum in Washington. "Coming on the wake of the terror attack in Paris, this horrific murder underscores that we are at a time of war."