White House press secretary: It's too soon for gun control

Trump's press secretary wants to wait before jumping to conclusions — unlike what her boss has done in the past

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published October 2, 2017 3:40PM (EDT)

Sarah Huckabee Sanders (AP/Evan Vucci)
Sarah Huckabee Sanders (AP/Evan Vucci)

During a White House press conference on Monday, President Donald Trump's press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, refused to discuss the possibility of implementing gun control in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern history.

"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 place for a political debate, but now is the time to unite as a country," Sanders said when asked about the proper role of the gun control debate in the aftermath of the shooting.

She later added that gun control laws "won’t stop these types of things from happening," citing Chicago crime rates as evidence that strict gun control laws aren't necessarily effective.

By contrast, Trump waited for less than one week after the San Bernardino shootings in December 2015 before advocating a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."

He waited less than a day to crow that he was right about terrorism after the then-worst mass shooting in modern American history.

Sanders' response came after an opening statement in which she choked up, saying: "the memory of those who displayed ultimate expressions of love in the midst of an unimaginable act of hate will never fade. Their examples will serve as an eternal reminder that the American spirit cannot and will not ever be broken."

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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