(CNSNews.com) – Democrats are calling for stricter gun control laws in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, but the White House said Monday that the day after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history should be a day for mourning, not policy discussions.
When asked whether the shootings made the president think anything more about pursuing tighter gun laws like background checks to prevent similar massacres from happening in the future, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “Look, this is an unspeakable tragedy. 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. There is currently an open and ongoing law enforcement investigation. A motive is yet to be determined, and it would be premature for us to discuss policy when we don’t fully know all the facts or what took place last night,” Sanders said.
Sanders said the day should be “a day of reflection, a day of mourning, a day of gratefulness for those that were saved.”
“And I think that there will be, certainly, time for that policy discussion to take place, but that’s not the place that we’re in at this moment, but certainly, I think that there’s a time for that to happen,” she said.
When asked whether the president could lead a bipartisan effort on gun control and when would be an appropriate time to do so, Sanders said, “I think that’s something that we can talk about in the coming days and see what that looks like moving forward. I think one of the things that we don’t want to do is try to create laws that won’t stop these types of things from happening.”
Sanders pointed out that Chicago has the strictest gun control laws in the country and yet has over 4,000 gun-related crimes a year.
“I think if you look to Chicago, where you had over 4,000 victims of gun-related crimes last year, they have the strictest gun laws in the country. That certainly hasn’t helped there, so I think we have to — when that time comes for those conversations to take place, then I think we need to look at things that may actually have that real impact,” she said.