Republican Pete King told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program the country needs "to go further than we have" to defend the US against lone-wolf terrorists while maintaining civil liberties.
"This will be a long, hard-fought war that will be fought on many fronts. It's not going to be sexy, it's not going to be dramatic," King told MSNBC on Monday. "I think the American people have to realize that and our political leaders have to start telling us that, that we have to stop the name-calling and do it in a very effective and overall way."
King, the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Counter Terrorism, articulated what many in law enforcement have been saying in response to the worst mass shooting incident in US history early Sunday.
"ISIS … are able to appeal to lone wolves, deranged people in society and that makes it so much harder to monitor them or find them," King told "Morning Joe." "The FBI, there's going to be so many of these cases, so many possible suspects, and they can't monitor them all. You need local community involvement and the local police can do that better. That's one aspect of it."
King said more has to be done to identify killers like Omar Mateen before they strike while maintaining the tenants of a free, democratic society.
"We have to make sure we're not just allowing the government to hack in anywhere, if you will," King said. "I can be critical of the president in a number of areas. Today is not the day to do that. But I think we have to relook at our policies and do it in a way we're not accusing people on one hand, want to spy on everyone, and the others are saying they want to ignore the threat. We have to realize a lot has to be done."
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