Sarah Wheaton What Do You Mean By Assault Weapon

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Sarah Wheaton What Do You Mean By Assault Weapon

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[Sarah Wheaton What Do You Mean By Assault Weapon]

[Sarah Wheaton:] Source: LYBIO.net
When you say assault weapon, what – what exactly do you mean?

[Josh Earnest:]
Well, these are weapons of war. There was an assault weapons ban that was in place in the ’90s that lapsed during the term of the previous president, and the president believes that that ban on assault weapons should be reinstated.

[Sarah Wheaton:]
The AR-15 is a pretty popular weapon, and it was tweaked in response to the assault weapons ban, so conceivably, with that ban this gun would still be out there so you know I guess maybe to follow up on some of the other questions about whether you think that this gun should be legal and what types of features would you want, would the president want banned in an assault weapons ban?

[Josh Earnest:]
The president feels strongly – I will acknowledge that the technology behind some of these firearms and the way that they comport with certain aspects of certain pieces of legislation is complicated, I’m certainly not an expert in them. But there’d previously been an assault weapons ban in place that took weapons of war off our streets. Certainly did not allow an individual to walk into a gun store and walk out that same day with a weapon of war, with a weapon that belongs on the battlefield. And the President strongly supports legislation that would do that. I know that there are Democrats in both Houses of Congress that have put forward legislation in that would do that. And the President believes that the Congress should pass it, and I think the Congress would succeed in passing that if it weren’t for Republicans who are blocking it.

[Sarah Wheaton:]
Every time the President talks about this type of thing, this weapon bans, about gun restriction, it just increases sales of those types of weapons because people are worried that they they’re not going to be available, is that something that he’s cognizant of, that you’re cognizant of, especially since this conversation today has also talked about the way The White House uses terminology that terrorism can effect the way people feel about it, is that sort of the same thought process happening with the way you talk about guns?

[Josh Earnest:]
I think what we try to do, Sarah, is we try to be as specific and precise as possible, about the goals of our policy priorities, and the President’s goals are to reduce gun violence. And the President believes that our communities will be safe, our streets would be safer, if there were a range of common sense steps including re instituting the assault weapons ban put in place and passed by Congress. And they’re not right now cause Republicans have been preventing it.

[Sarah Wheaton:] Source: L Y B I O . N E T
How does demonizing the most popular gun help create that consensus?

[Josh Earnest:]
Well, again, I don’t know that I’m demonizing it and I’m not sure that it’s the most popular gun but Chris —

Sarah Wheaton What Do You Mean By Assault Weapon

Sarah Wheaton What Do You Mean By Assault Weapon

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