Published On: Thu, Jun 12th, 2014

Josh Earnest says President Obama ‘always’ looking to ‘unilaterally’ act on gun control

The new White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest didn’t take long to rile critics after a Tuesday remark that President Obama is “always” looking for opportunities to act “unilaterally” again on guns, though he would prefer to work with Congress.

How to Control a Nation gun ban distractions“The president’s goal is to look for opportunities to act administratively, unilaterally using his executive authority to try to make our communities safer,” Earnest said, speaking on a question in the wake of an Oregon high school shooting.

“We’re always looking for those opportunities. But none of those opportunities when they present themselves is going to be an acceptable substitute for robust legislative action.”

“There’s no doubt there has been an alarming frequency of tragic incidents of gun violence that are concerning to Democrats and Republicans in Washington but more importantly to people all across the country,” Earnest said.

“The question I think really facing lawmakers right now is what common sense steps can Democrats and Republicans take to reduce the likelihood of gun violence,” Earnest continued. “And there are some, and they have unfortunately been bottled up in Congress and that is a disappointment to the president. But that’s not going to stop the president from continuing to push for administrative steps that we can take to help reduce gun violence.”

After the Sandy Hook shootings, President Obama signed 23 executive orders to restrict gun ownership, but his bill to install more comprehensive or wide ranging background checks didn’t get the support from Democrats in the Senate and never moved ahead.

Obama participated in a Tumblr Q&A from the White House Tuesday and he more executive actions would not be enough.

“If public opinion does not demand change in Congress, it will not change,” Obama said. “We don’t have enough tools right now to make as big a dent as we need to.Now it’s hard to get even the most minor legislation passed and we should be ashamed.”

“Most members of Congress, I have to say to some degree this is bipartisan, terrified of the NRA,” Obama said.

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