Terror attacks heighten fears during holiday season
The recent terror attacks in San Bernadino and Paris have only heightened fears this holiday season, resulting in Americans of all faiths and political leanings pointing fingers at each other.
President Barack Obama, in only his third address from the Oval Office, tried to calm the fears of the American public Sunday night.
During the speech, he outlined his strategy for defeating ISIS, including more airstrikes, more training to Iraqi and Syrian forces, and stronger coalitions with European allies to defeat the elusive enemy.
On Monday, the U.S. announced it is updating its terror alert system, which allows for immediate threats.
While Obama focuses on the battle against ISIS, he urged Congress to tighten the nation's gun laws, including restricting people currently on the "no-fly" list.
Residents in the Hudson Valley had mixed reactions to the president's plan to fight off extremist threats.