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White House won't detail desired changes to gun laws


The day after President Obama said he would use “whatever power this office holds” to prevent more tragedies like the Sandy Hook, CT massacre, White House press secretary Jay Carney would not elaborate on what specific action he would take – but said steps would be taken in a matter of weeks, not months.

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“It’s a complex problem that will require a complex solution. So I don't have a specific agenda to announce to you today,” Carney said, the day after President Obama told members of the Sandy Hook community at an interfaith vigil that he would engage his fellow citizens, “from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators” in an effort to stop such violence.

But Carney added that while there was no specific timeline, the president “didn’t talk about months or years. He said ‘coming weeks.’”

While Carney said the president remained committed to reinstating a ban on assault weapons, he would not give any indication that he would push for that or any other specific legislation.

“Gun laws are a part of this, but they are not the only part of this, as anyone who is truly an expert on these issues will tell you,” Carney said.