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September 16, 2013 - 12:46 pm

White House press secretary Jay Carney said at this afternoon’s briefing that it would be inappropriate at this point to speculate on how today’s Navy Yard shooting could affect President Obama’s gun-control push.

“This is an ongoing situation, and we don’t have all the facts. So it’s hard to comment specifically on — on this situation in that regard,” Carney said. “What is true is certainly that the president supports, as do an overwhelming majority of Americans, common-sense measures to reduce gun violence. And we have gone about implementing the executive actions that were part of the president’s plan to take action to reduce gun violence. And, obviously, he continues to support measures taken by Congress — that could be taken by Congress to reduce gun violence in a common-sense way, like improving our background-check system.”

The spokesman added “it would be inappropriate to try to put into context something about which we have so few facts.”

“I think he said that we have another mass shooting. I think by definition, when you have multiple fatalities, which is what was described by the chief of police here in Washington, D.C., that is a mass shooting. That’s a fact. What the other facts are, we don’t know yet, and we will await information about those facts,” Carney said of Obama’s remarks before an economic event.

Carney was asked why there hasn’t been movement on gun control.

“Well, again, as you just noted these are unfolding facts on an unfolding and ongoing situation and investigation, with regards to this particular shooting, which is tragic. And as the president said, since this is taking place on a military installation, the fact that men and women who understand the risks that they are taking when they work for the military, and potentially get assigned overseas in dangerous places, certainly do not imagine they were taking those kind of risks when they showed up for work this morning on a domestic military installation. But it is far too early to say anything about, you know, who did this and the broader meaning of it,” he responded.

“When it comes to common sense legislation to reduce gun violence, the president has been very clear. And he was very clear with his significant disappointment with the Senate in its failure to pass common sense legislation that was supported by an overwhelming majority of the American people, by majorities in blue states, purple states and red states. And that was a shame,” Carney added.

“And we will continue to work to take action to improve gun safety in this — to reduce gun violence this country through executive action, and hopefully Congress will take action to reduce gun violence as well.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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I'd like to point out:

1) by all appearances the shooter had an existing felony record, making him inelgible to own a gun under existing laws
2) he was almost certainly ineligible to own one in Washington DC, because almost EVERYONE is ineligible in DC.
3) carrying a weapon is prohibited on military bases
4) transporting a weapon across state lines into a jurisdiction where you cannot legally possess it is illegal.

That's just off the top of my head. Setting aside the legal prohibition against, you know, murder this monster broke between two and four "common sense" gun laws that are already on the books right now. Pray tell, what magic combination of words does Carney (or anyone) think we could have put on paper that would have prevented this?
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Maybe they're going to wait because of the face of the guy who did it.

Remember, gun control is as much a racial issue as it is a 2nd Amendment one.
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It looks like the shooter was not connected with the Navy.

So you want a gun control metaphor?

How do you get a rifle past the the gate guards, then the building guards at military facility. If you can't keep bad people with guns out of the Washington Navy Yard how do you keep bad guys from getting the guns from the same gangs that supply drugs from Mexico or from the Russian mob? This proves gun control is futile exercise.

There is you gun control meme.
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I'm starting to feel pity for this hapless pressman Jay Carney.

Does anyone remember Steve Early, the longtime FDR White House Press Secretary?

31 weeks ago
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I'd like to point out:

1) by all appearances the shooter had an existing felony record, making him inelgible to own a gun under existing laws
2) he was almost certainly ineligible to own one in Washington DC, because almost EVERYONE is ineligible in DC.
3) carrying a weapon is prohibited on military bases
4) transporting a weapon across state lines into a jurisdiction where you cannot legally possess it is illegal.

That's just off the top of my head. Setting aside the legal prohibition against, you know, murder this monster broke between two and four "common sense" gun laws that are already on the books right now. Pray tell, what magic combination of words does Carney (or anyone) think we could have put on paper that would have prevented this?
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If they believe so much in gun control. Why don't they disarm the Secret Service and the Capitol Police? Let them be like the London bobbies. Armed with a stick and ready to defend our lawmakers! gnyuk gnyuk!
31 weeks ago
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Their "angry white teabagger" narrative just never seems to get off the ground.
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"There's no way we would consider using the acts of a criminal as an excuse for punishing the innocent, law-abiding citizens." -- things Carney would never say
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Maybe they're going to wait because of the face of the guy who did it.

Remember, gun control is as much a racial issue as it is a 2nd Amendment one.
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Guns are already prohibited on US military bases, but that didn't make Ft. Hood, or the Navy Yard any safer. In fact, the "gun free" zones that are US military .bases just attract people who have a murderous agenda. And the military personnel who are stationed there do not have the right to defend themselves. As long as this situation continues, the Obama regime has blood on it's hands.
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I'm very much in favor of "reasonable" and "sensible" gun control. For example, reciprocity for gun licenses makes good sense; we should have that, just as we do for driver's licenses. (Please keep in mind that I can do a lot more damage with my car than I could with a gun. If you don't understand how, use your imagination.)

An end to ridiculous "gun-free zones" -- that, too, is reasonable and sensible. Perhaps more to the point -- if a private institution wants to put up a sign prohibiting firearms, it should be held legally responsible for defending its customers... because it's forbidding its customers from defending themselves.

And don't get me started on the Obama Administration and M1 Garands...
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Oh, now they're all cautious and tentative and everything. No immediate speculation on the shooter's motives? Not blurts about who the victims would look like if Obama were their daddy? No red lines?

Maybe cuz Obama's shot his mouth off too many times and mostly succeeded in hitting his own foot. It's painful to watch an administration still trying to learn the ropes after nearly five years. Obama was right about something - he is being judged on style points. So far, he's got zero.
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It looks like the shooter was not connected with the Navy.

So you want a gun control metaphor?

How do you get a rifle past the the gate guards, then the building guards at military facility. If you can't keep bad people with guns out of the Washington Navy Yard how do you keep bad guys from getting the guns from the same gangs that supply drugs from Mexico or from the Russian mob? This proves gun control is futile exercise.

There is you gun control meme.
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It also turns out I am wrong about the shooter.
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