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Published On: Fri, Oct 2nd, 2015

White House returns to gun control rhetoric, calls for ‘change’ in communication to Congress

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that gun control is still a priority for President Obama in the wake of the Oregon school shooting. He added that there must be a “fundamental change in the way American people communicate this priority to Congress” noting that no legislation can stop all shootings.

“The issue of sensible steps that can be taken to protect our communities from gun violence continues to be a top priority of this administration,” Earnest said.

The shooting was first reported while the White House press briefing was occurring and Earnest did not address the Oregon incident directly, but rather generally spoke about the president’s position on gun violence.

“There are some commonsense steps, things like closing the gun show loophole and others, that have strong bipartisan support across the country,” Earnest said. “According to some polling data, there is even a majority of Republicans that support closing the gun show loophole. We’ve not yet seen that kind of strong bipartisan support across the country translate into legislative support in the U.S. Congress that is sufficient to pass legislation that would implement these commonsense solutions.”

Earnest said that new laws are not the only answer.

Photo/Robert D. Ward

Photo/Robert D. Ward

“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,” Earnest said. “There are some commonsense things we can do and the vast majority of the American people share the president’s view in wondering why Congress would take those commonsense steps.”

Earnest then stated that the American public must get involved to pressure Congress to take action.

“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,” Earnest said. “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.”

What that “fundamental change” is was not revealed.

It’s worth repeating that Umpqua is a gun free school zone:

“Possession, use, or threatened use of firearms (including but not limited to BB guns, air guns, water pistols, and paint guns) ammunition, explosives, dangerous chemicals, or any other objects as weapons on college property, except as expressly authorized by law or college regulations, is prohibited…Possession of knives with a blade longer than 4” is prohibited.

Brandishing weapons is prohibited. Misuse of personal defensive weapons – e.g., pepper spray, etc. is prohibited. The owner is responsible and accountable for any misuse of these devices.”

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