White House Press Secretary: 'Too early' to discuss gun control

During an emotional press briefing following the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said debating policies on gun control is 'premature.'
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders Photo credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday it is too early to debate gun control policies following the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas.

"This is an unspeakable tragedy," Sanders said during an emotional press briefing. "Today is a day for consoling the survivors and mourning those we lost. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with all of those individuals."

"There's a time and a place for a political debate," she said when asked whether President Donald Trump is considering tighter laws on the use of guns. "Now is the time to unite as a country."

"There's currently an open and ongoing law enforcement investigation," Sanders added. "A motive has yet to be determined and it would be premature for us to discuss policy when we don't fully know all the facts (about) last night."

Sanders' statement was similar to those made by Republican officials following the Orlando shooting in June 2016.

Everytown, a non-profit organization that advocates for gun control, has launched a social media campaign under the slogan, "It's not too early to talk about solutions to gun violence; it's too late."



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