White House press secretary Josh Earnest addressed gun control after the first reports of shooting at an Oregon community college. Oddly, he did not address the shooting itself specifically.
Rather than talk about the incident, he focused on the fact that gun control is still a priority for President Obama.
Earnest said that in order for gun control legislation to pass, there must be a “fundamental change in the way American people communicate this priority to Congress.”
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He stated that there are “common-sense steps, things like closing the gun show loophole and others, that have strong bipartisan support across the country.”
Earnest commented: “That said, we’ve been pretty candid about the fact that there is no piece of legislation that can be passed into law by the Congress that would prevent every single incident of gun violence. There are some common-sense things we can do and the vast majority of the American people share the president’s view in wondering why Congress would take those common-sense steps.”
“The president has been quite candid about why this is and has been a source of frustration for him. It has not at all been lowered on the priority scale. But at the same time, the president is quite realistic that we’ll need to see a fundamental change in the way American people communicate this priority to Congress before we’ll see a different outcome in the legislative process,” Earnest said.
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