W.H.: ‘Reinstating the Assault Weapons Ban’ Is a ‘Common Sense Measure’
JOHNS: "Is he more likely now do you think to use his executive authority to try to make these things happen?"
EARNEST: "I think the president's interest in this has been -- well, let me say it this way: The intensity of the president's view about the importance of us implementing some policies that make it harder for those who shouldn't be able to get their hands on guns from getting them has not waned in its intensity. And I'm talking about common sense measures like making sure that you can't avoid a background check just by purchasing the gun over the Internet. Or, you know, even reinstituting the assault weapons ban that would prevent or at least reduce the likelihood that weaponses of war end up on our streets. There's no denying that those weapons claim thousands of innocent lives every day, even when it's not connected to terrorism. And so that's why the president believes that -- he's going to do everything he possibly can using his own executive authority to weigh in on this. But the easiest way for this to get done is for Congress to rely on their own common sense and make the country safer."