WH: Obama Is Committed to the Second Amendment

January 15, 2013 - 4:58 PM
Jay Carney

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – One day ahead of President Barack Obama’s announcement of sweeping gun control measures, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the president is committed to the Second Amendment.

“First of all, the president of the United States believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual’s right to bear arms,” Carney told reporters. “He has been explicit about this.

“And throughout his time in office he has made clear that he believes we ought to take commonsense and enact commonsense measures that protect our Second Amendment rights but prevent people who should not have weapons from obtaining them. So his commitment to the Second Amendment I think is very clear,” Carney added.

Obama will be accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday to announce new gun control measures. The proposals are expected to include a new assault weapons ban and increased background checks, along with a host of executive orders, but the White House is not providing details before the announcement.

Obama and Democrats in Congress are looking for new gun control measures in response to the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., in December.

Carney was asked if Obama believes he can achieve his goals of reducing gun violence without an assault weapons ban.

“The president will put forward a series of proposals that is not limited to one legislative action, and I don’t think he believes, I know he doesn’t believe that even if everything that he moves forward were acted on, made law when it comes to legislative action or acted on in other ways that we would eliminate gun violence in America,” Carney said.

“He understands that that’s the case. I think our goal obviously as a country should be never to accept even one child’s death as a result of gun violence,” Carney continued.

“So, he believes that the things that we can do as a nation together in a bipartisan way when it comes to legislation, together outside of Washington, that yes, we can reduce gun violence, but it’s something we have to do together. “It’s something that cannot be done by a president alone,” Carney said.

“It can’t be done by a single community alone or a mayor or a governor or by Congress alone. We all have to work together,” Carney added.