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  • White House Struggles To Explain How Gun Control Would Stop Terrorism

    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest struggled Thursday to answer questions about how gun control legislation would have prevented any of the mass shootings in recent years as the White House continues to use the California terror attack to push stricter gun laws.

    “If not a single recent mass shooting would have been stopped by the kind of gun control measures you champion, are those the right approach to this problem?” Wall Street Journal reporter Byron Tau asked Earnest during a press conference.

    Earnest did not directly answer the question and floundered around repeating the same talking points over and over again.

    “I think we’ve been pretty direct and upfront about the fact that there is no piece of legislation that Congress can pass that would prevent every single act of gun violence. I think the case that we have made is one that rests primarily on our concern about national security and our careful consideration of common sense,” Earnest replied. “I think the case that we have made is one that rests primarily on our concern about national security and our careful consideration of common sense.”

    Tau continued to press Earnest to explain how gun control legislation is a fix for mass shootings.

    “Can the White House point to a recent mass shooting that would have been stopped by an expanded assault weapons ban or stricter background checks?” Tau asked. “The evidence seems to be that in all these recent mass shootings, these folks either passed background checks or were very determined to circumvent the strict gun laws that are already on the books.”

    The shooters at Virginia Tech, the Aurora Colorado movie theater, Fort Hood, Isla Vista, the Washington Navy Yard, the attempted mass killing at Arapahoe High School ALL passed background checks, as Tau pointed out. One of the two shooters in San Bernardino, Syed Rizwan Farook, also legally purchased two of the weapons at a gun shop in Corona.

    Earnest again pivoted and repeated the “common sense” talking point without addressing the actual question.


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