White House press secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday placed the blame for President Obama’s stalled gun-control agenda solely on Republicans, a day after a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.
The shooting has sparked calls from gun-control advocates for Obama to renew his push for tighter restrictions on firearm ownership.
Carney said that Obama would continue to push measures to reduce gun violence and accused Republicans of being unwilling to compromise.
“The problem here is not Democrats,” Carney insisted.
Obama was dealt an embarrassing legislative defeat early in his second term when lawmakers rebuffed his bid for expanded background checks, an assault-weapons ban and a prohibition on high-capacity magazines.
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