Carney: Gun Violence Solutions Not Simple


NEWTOWN, Conn., (UPI) —  Just as the issue of gun violence is complex, so too, are any solutions, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday.

At the White House, Carney said there is no single answer to the complex issue of gun violence.

“It’s a complex problem that will require a complex solution. No single piece of legislation, no single action will fully address the problem,” Carney said, repeating the gist of Obama’s comments on the matter. “So I don’t have a specific agenda to announce to you today. I would simply point you to what the president said last night about moving forward in coming weeks. And I would look for him to do that.”

Meanwhile, Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Newtown, Conn., school where 26 people died in a mass shooting Friday, will be closed indefinitely, officials said, as the grim task of burying the victims of Friday’s massacre was to begin Monday with funerals for two 6-year-old boys, Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner, CNN reported.

Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police said faculty and staff from Sandy Hook — where 20 children and six adults were shot to death before the alleged shooter, Adam Lanza, killed himself — planned to meet at Newtown High School Monday to discuss how the district will move forward, The Wall Street Journal reported.

“It’s incomprehensible, the pain here,” Darla Henggeler told CNN. “You can’t imagine. We’re still in shock. I can’t let my heart go there because it’s so overwhelming. I think once it settles in, I think my heart will break.”

Repeatedly saying he had no specific policy outline, Carney said Obama supports reinstating the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004.

“I think that it’s important to remember that this is about our gun laws and enforcing them, but it’s also about a broader series of issues, including issues of mental health and education and — and the like,” Carney said.

“So the president’s position on the assault weapons ban has not changed. He still supports its re-enactment,” the spokesman said. “But, you know, you’ll hear from him, I think, as he said last night, in the coming weeks to — to speak more specifically about what he thinks we can do moving forward.”

In Newtown, all schools in the district were to resume classes Tuesday except for Sandy Hook Elementary School which remains a crime scene and has been seized under warrant, Vance said.

Authorities also seized the home where Lanza allegedly killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, before going to the school.

Vance said Lanza, 20, had no prior contact with police in Newtown before the shootings and authorities were examining every aspect of his past.

“We will go back to the date of birth,” Vance said. “We will answer every single question.”

Law enforcement officials were processing and analyzing evidence and have begun conducting witness interviews, the police official said.

Vance said two investigations have begun into people who made “threats or attempts to mislead” the investigation into the shooting.

Meanwhile, school buses brought students to Branchville Elementary School in Ridgefield, Conn., after police declared the school safe following a report of a man carrying what appeared to be a rifle along a road near the elementary school, The Ridgefield Press reported.

A modified lockdown at other schools in the area was lifted as well.

The Press said unconfirmed reports later indicated the man was going to work with an umbrella slung over his shoulder.

During a multifaith memorial service Sunday at Newtown High School, President Obama vowed to “use whatever power this office holds” to stop massacres like the one in the Connecticut community.

“No single law, no set of laws, can eliminate evil from the world — but that can’t be an excuse for inaction,” Obama said. “Surely, we can do better than this.”

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