(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

 

BY CHRISTIAN BRYANT

The continuing narrative on gun control in the U.S. again came front and center in the wake of a Connecticut school shooting Friday morning.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney answered questions from reporters on the priority of stricter gun control during Friday’s daily briefing, saying...

“There is, I’m sure, will be, rather, a day for discussion of the usual Washington policy debates, but I don’t think today is that day.”

Carney’s comments drew the ire of politicians and the media who asked the question, if not now, when is the right time?

A writer for The New Yorker calls Carney’s refrain and President Obama’s inaction toward gun control reform “cowardice”:

“They avoid the issue as much as possible, then mouth platitudes, or promise to pass only the most popular of measures, like the assault-weapons ban. And then they do nothing to follow through.”

Pro-gun supporters have countered with their familiar refrain: “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck tweeted his sympathy for the victims and added:

“Our society is broken. Our communities are suffering and it is because of the ever expanding lack of self control & personal responsibility”


“It is not the gun. It is the soul.”

On MSNBC, Dan Gross from The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence said the discussion on guns is one that needs to happen and raises a point on which, he believes, both sides can agree.

“There are things, as you’ve pointed out, that we all agree on, that don’t have to do with the Second Amendment... a big one of those things is doing something about the 40 percent of all gun sales in this country that aren’t subject to background checks.”

In a press conference today, President Obama told onlookers “we’re going to have to come together to take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this,” although he did not specify what action could take place.

White House Remarks on Gun Control Spur Debate

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Dec 14, 2012

White House Remarks on Gun Control Spur Debate

 

(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

 

BY CHRISTIAN BRYANT

The continuing narrative on gun control in the U.S. again came front and center in the wake of a Connecticut school shooting Friday morning.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney answered questions from reporters on the priority of stricter gun control during Friday’s daily briefing, saying...

“There is, I’m sure, will be, rather, a day for discussion of the usual Washington policy debates, but I don’t think today is that day.”

Carney’s comments drew the ire of politicians and the media who asked the question, if not now, when is the right time?

A writer for The New Yorker calls Carney’s refrain and President Obama’s inaction toward gun control reform “cowardice”:

“They avoid the issue as much as possible, then mouth platitudes, or promise to pass only the most popular of measures, like the assault-weapons ban. And then they do nothing to follow through.”

Pro-gun supporters have countered with their familiar refrain: “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck tweeted his sympathy for the victims and added:

“Our society is broken. Our communities are suffering and it is because of the ever expanding lack of self control & personal responsibility”


“It is not the gun. It is the soul.”

On MSNBC, Dan Gross from The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence said the discussion on guns is one that needs to happen and raises a point on which, he believes, both sides can agree.

“There are things, as you’ve pointed out, that we all agree on, that don’t have to do with the Second Amendment... a big one of those things is doing something about the 40 percent of all gun sales in this country that aren’t subject to background checks.”

In a press conference today, President Obama told onlookers “we’re going to have to come together to take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this,” although he did not specify what action could take place.

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