The senseless shooting in Colorado that took the lives of 12 people and wounded more than 50, is not poised to push the Obama administration to adjust its gun policy. “I would say that the president’s views on this are as he has stated and as he spelled out in the op-ed that was published in an Arizona newspaper,” noted White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, in reference to the presidents words published in the Arizona Daily Star following the shooting of former Sen. Gabrielle Gifford.
Despite a call to action from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, demanding that either Obama, or presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney, outline a concrete plan, the POTUS doesn’t see the need for an adjustment. “He [Obama] believes we need to take steps that protect Second Amendment rights of the American people but that ensure that we are not allowing weapons into the hands of individuals who should not, by existing law, obtain those weapons,” Carney continued.
According to a TIME magazine poll released last year, gun violence is a bi-partisan issue. 73 percent of Democrats, 61 percent of Independents, and 49 percent of Republicans believe that certain ammunition—such as semi-automatic weapons used by James Holmes in the Colorado shooting—deserve to be banned.
Following the shooting, Obama traveled to the state to visit with victims at the University of Colorado Hospital. After briefly suspending things as a show of respect to those who were injured and were killed, the president is back on the campaign trail and will head to Portland, before heading to Seattle tomorrow.
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