Karine Jean-Pierre says Biden is considering more executive action on firearms but does NOT back ‘hardening’ school security – as she walks back suggestion he wants to ban handguns
The White House is ‘looking at’ additional executive actions on guns, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Tuesday, even as she ripped a new approach to focus on beefing up school security as senators meet on a potential bipartisan compromise.
Biden is once again facing political opposition and structural obstacles in the 上院 as he tries to fulfill calls to institute new gun control measures in the wake of the school shooting in Uvalde, テキサス.
Jean-Pierre came out against a flurry of 共和党 proposals that focus on ‘hardening’ school security – although they could feature in any potential compromise. Senate Republicans have succeeded in blocking gun control measures in that chamber in the past, including after the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in コネチカット.
Prominent Republicans floated such ideas as arming and training teachers and measures to harden school doors and security immediately after the mass school shooting, while arguing against efforts to ban the kind assault-style weapons used in the massacre.
‘Though there’s been conversation about hardening schools, that is not something that he believes in. He believes that we should be able to give our teachers the resources to be able to do the job that they’re meant to do at schools,’ 彼女は言いました.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Biden does not support efforts to harden schools or a ban on handguns. He does support a ban on assault-style weapons and expanded background checks
That comment came even as a team of Democratic and Republican senators met virtually to discuss potential compromise legislation in response to the massacre.
Jean-Pierre also sent mixed signals on whether Biden was considering more executive actions to try to respond to the mass shooting issue.
‘Do something!’ a man yelled during Biden’s weekend visit to an Uvalde church. '私達はします,’ バイデンは答えた.
‘The president has done everything that he can from from from the federal government,’ said Jean-Pieere. ‘We are looking at other executive actions that we can possibly do. This President has done more executive actions at this point than any other president. But it’s not up to him alone. He cannot do this alone.’
Jean-Pierre also faced questions about Biden’s statement that there are still ‘rational’ Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who were willing to compromise on guns.
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit a memorial at Robb Elementary School to pay their respects to the victims of the mass shooting, 日曜日, 五月 29, 2022, ユヴァルデで, テキサス
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said lawmakers ‘might be able to come together to target the problem which is mental illness and school safety’ – without mentioning further gun control
McConnell’s latest statement, from his home state of Kentucky, said lawmakers ‘might be able to come together to target the problem which is mental illness and school safety.’
That seemed to indicate that gun control measures were not on the table. She cited broad public support for background checks for gun purchasers – although that hasn’t been enough to push expanded checks through the Senate in the past.
Jean-Pierre also referenced the bipartisan talks – but indicated the current White House posture is to stand back.
‘When the time comes, he will get involved,’ 彼女は言いました.
Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz (D) is among those who have expressed openness to a compromise package that includes tradeoffs.
‘I think arming teachers is an unusually stupid idea,’ he told the Washington Post. ‘But is there room for compromise? 承知しました. And if someone’s going to do something on the age at which you can buy an [AR-15 assault rifle] or universal background checks in exchange for stupid things that I think won’t make a difference, I’m open to that conversation.’
Jean-Pierre also responded to a move in Canada to ban all private handgun purchases. ‘He does not support a ban on the sale of all handguns,’ 彼女は言いました. Biden backs a ban on assault-style weapons and high capacity magazines, and calls for expanded background such as closing the ‘gun show loophole.’
Biden had spoken on Memorial Day about the threat posed by ‘high-caliber’ 兵器, and spoke about how a 9mm bullet to the chest can blow the lung ‘out of the body.’
Gun control opponents took that as a reference to 9mm handguns.
‘There’s simply no rational basis for it in terms of self-protection, 狩猟,’ バイデンは言った, comparing the damage a 9mm round can do compared to a .22-caliber round.
‘And remember: the Constitution, Second Amendment are never absolute,’ 彼が追加した.