The White House cannot name one single shooting incident that would have been prevented by gun control legislation.
As President Obama prepares executive action to pass further gun control legislation, one errant reporter asked the White House press secretary exactly how such proposals would have prevented any recent mass shootings.
Josh Earnest couldn’t directly answer the question and floundered around repeating the same talking points over and over again.
Reporter Byron Tau referred to a statement made by Sen. Marco Rubio that no mass shootings in recent memory would have been prevented by gun legislation, which even the Washington Post fact-checked as true.
“If not a single recent mass shooting would have been stopped by the kind of gun control measures you champion, are those the right approach to this problem?” Tau asked.
“Well, Byron, I think we’ve been pretty direct and upfront,” replied Earnest, not being very direct and upfront.
“…there is no piece of legislation that Congress can pass that would prevent every single act of gun violence,” Earnest added, avoiding the question.
“I think the case that we have made is one that rests primarily on our concern about national security and our careful consideration of common sense.” he stated, again avoiding the question entirely.
Earnest then diverted the talking point to the terrorist no-fly-list, prompting Tau to follow up, “Were any of the recent mass shooters on the ‘no-fly’ list?”
“Not that I’m aware of,” Earnest admitted. “You’ll probably have to ask…