CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

White House rules out new gun control laws

07-27-2012 03:50 BJT

WASHINGTON, July 26 (Xinhua) -- White HouseSpokesman Jay Carney on Thursday ruled out new gun control laws, saying U.S. President Barack Obama will focus on other measures to reduce gun violence.

Speaking at a regular briefing, Carney said Obama supports a ban on the sale of assault weapons that expired in 2004, but has no intention of pushing for its renewal, adding "there are things we can do short of legislation and short of gun laws that can reduce violence in our society."

The comment came one day after Obama told a National Urban League convention in New Orleans that AK-47s "belong in the hands of soldiers, not the hands of criminals." He emphasized background checks as effective means to prevent those with criminal records and the "mentally unbalanced" from obtaining guns, while faulting the Congress for lack of progress in reducing gun violence.

"We have to remember that in the wake of an awful event" like the shooting that killed 12 people in Aurora, Colorado, "violence is not an isolated incident in America, and we need to take a broader look and tackle it from a number of different directions," said Carney.

The Aurora shooting has revived the gun control debate. However, both the White House and presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney have effectively dismissed the prospects of stricter gun control. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said earlier Thursday he saw " zero" chance of such legislation passing Congress in the near future.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program