White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, prodded by reporters Monday, slipped in a plug for President Barack Obama’s gun control agenda during a press conference discussion of the tragic Navy Yard shooting in Washington.
“These are unfolding facts on an unfolding and ongoing situation and investigation with regards to this particular shooting, which is tragic,” Carney said. “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’re taking when they work for the military and potentially get assigned overseas in dangerous places certainly did not imagine they were taking those kinds of risks when they showed up for work this morning on a domestic military installation.”
Though Carney took a cautious tone in answering gun-control questions when he was pressed by American Urban Radio’s April Ryan at a press gathering Monday, it appears clear that the Administration could take up a renewed push for gun control following the most recent tragedy.
“[I]t is far too early to say anything about who did this and the broader meaning of it,” Carney told reporters. “When it comes to common sense legislation to reduce gun violence, the President has been very clear.”
Carney added, “That was a shame and we will continue to work to take action to improve gun safety, to reduce gun violence in this country through executive action and, hopefully, Congress will work to reduce gun violence as well.”
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), one of the Senate’s leading voices on gun control, also referenced the President’s gun control agenda following the tragedy Monday.
“This is one more event to add to the litany of massacres that occur when a deranged person or grievance killer is able to obtain multiple weapons—including a military-style assault rifle—and kill many people in a short amount of time,” she said in a statement. “When will enough be enough? Congress must stop shirking its responsibility and resume a thoughtful debate on gun violence in this country. We must do more to stop this endless loss of life.”
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama spent the day criticizing Republicans who won’t go along with his agenda.