Thursday, October 01, 2015

Oregon college shooting: White House responds with gun control talking points

On Thursday, the White House responded with its usual gun control talking points concerning the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseberg, Oregon, that left multiple people killed and injured.

“There are some common sense steps — things like closing the gun show loophole and others — that have strong bipartisan support across the country. According to some polling data, there’s even a majority of Republicans that support closing the gun show loophole.

“We have not yet seen that kind of strong bipartisan support across the country translate into legislative support in the United States Congress that’s sufficient to pass legislation that would, again, implement these kinds of common sense solutions.

"There’s no piece of legislation that can be passed into law by the Congress that would prevent every single incident of gun violence.

“But there are some common sense things that we can do, and I think the vast majority of the American people — the vast majority of the American people share the president’s view in wondering why Congress wouldn’t take those kinds of common sense steps.

“And it’s — the president’s been quite candid about how this is and has been a source of frustration for him. It has not at all been lowered on the priority scale. But at the same time, the president is quite realistic that we’ll need to see a fundamental change in terms of the way the American people communicate this priority to Congress before we’ll see a different outcome in the legislative process," White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

President Obama is expected to address the nation about the shooting at 6:20 p.m. from the White House briefing room.

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