Barely 24 hours after the horrific tragedy at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, liberals again used the incident to push their anti-gun agenda. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg went to a Sikh cultural center to push gun control. New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg immediately said government needed to redouble its gun control efforts. And, of course, President Barack Obama’s spokesman Jay Carney accused Congress of not enacting stronger gun control laws and said Eric Holder’s Department of Justice would enact measures regarding background checks that would make it more difficult for citizens to purchase guns.
Carney said there has been a “reluctance” by Congress to pass stronger bans against weapons labeled as “assault weapons” but reiterated that Obama “does support renewing the assault weapons ban.”
“If such legislation emerges, the president will evaluate it, the White House will evaluate it, guided by the principle I talked about earlier,” Carney said, according to the Washington Examiner. We all recognize the situation in Congress with respect to that renewal.”
Carney then revealed the Justice Department would “enhance security by making it harder for those who should not have these weapons to obtain them” by calling for more background checks.
“He believes that we have a broader issue with violence in America that needs to be addressed from a variety of angles, including efforts that this administration has undertaken to work with local communities, to try to get children out of gangs, to get kids out of gangs, to get kids back in school, working with local law enforcement in their efforts to fight crime,” Carney said, according to Yahoo, in an effort to try to deflect the line of questioning away from gun control.
Obama cannot directly call for gun control. Instead, he will have his liberal allies — and the Justice Department — try to enact the very gun control measures he supports but knows would get punished for at the polls.