In Thursday’s press briefing recognizing the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was hit with a question regarding President Trump’s efforts to make certain another similar horror does not occur. Sanders used the opportunity of the question to make an excellent point about the prevention of mass killings.
In the press meeting, Sanders was asked what the administration was doing to combat gun violence. Despite the political meatiness of the question, it is — of course — not the President’s job to stop gun violence: laws -- passed by the Legislative branch, not the Executive -- already prohibit the shooting of an innocent person; deterrents in the form of punishment as great as death are a well-established part of our legal system; safeguards are in place to prevent firearms from getting into the hands of the wrong people. And yet, none of these mechanisms did anything to thwart the Sandy Hook slaying of 20 first-graders and six educators. Solutions to such complex problems involve far greater societal components than a presidential administration. Nevertheless, with reference Sandy Hook as well as October’s Las Vegas massacre, Sanders was asked:
“Would you say that the administration is looking on how to prevent these kinds of mass shootings, by domestic shooters, on U.S. Soil?”
In response, the White House Press Secretary said:
“Absolutely. I know that is something that the department of homeland security looks into and talks about, and works on every single day. I don’t think there is a person in this country that wouldn’t like us to find ways to protect people. And we are certainly very supportive of that. And that is something that would be —“
Pressing her mid-sentence, the reporter pushed for specifics. In addition to using every violent calamity as a call for stricter gun control, the leftist media love to blame every tragedy on President Trump and Republicans, suggesting that every wrong is the result of GOP neglect. “I don’t think there is any one thing you could do that could have prevented both of those horrible, horrible tragedies,” Sanders replied.
Then Sanders turned the question around on the journalist, asking her to name anything at all which would’ve changed things:
"If you could name a single thing that would have prevented both of these, I would love to hear it because I don’t know what that would look like. But we are looking every single day at how you can protect American lives, how we can best protect American citizens."
We're still waiting for the reporter's answer.