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December 17 White House Press Briefing

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The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

1:17 P.M. EST

MR. CARNEY:  Good afternoon, everyone.  Thanks for being here.  I think as you know, the President and Speaker of the House had a meeting here at the White House a little earlier today.  Conversations continue.  I have no readout of that meeting to provide, though I'm sure you will ask for one.  And with that, I will take your questions.

Q    Can we have a readout of the meeting?  (Laughter.) 

Q    I want to ask you about gun violence and then fiscal cliff.  The President made an impassioned plea last night for the nation to do more to protect its children, and I want to try to get a little more specific about what he means.  Can you tell us when he talks about using the power of his office whether that includes using the power of his office to push for tighter gun control?

MR. CARNEY:  I appreciate the question.  The President spoke last night at the vigil in Newtown and he spoke about the fact that the families of Newtown are not alone.  And he also spoke about the fact that the kind of violence that occurred in Newtown occurs too often in this country, although what we saw in Newtown was particularly horrific.  He said that in the coming weeks he would use the power of his office to engage the American people and lawmakers, law enforcement, mental health experts, educators and others in an effort to try to prevent these kinds of terrible tragedies from happening in the future. 

It’s a complex problem that will require a complex solution. No single piece of legislation, no single action will fully address the problem.  So I don't have a specific agenda to announce to you today.  I would simply point you to what the President said last night about moving forward in coming weeks and I would look for him to do that.

Q    In the comprehensive solution, do you think it’s fair and accurate to say that addressing gun violence, gun control, would have to be part of it?

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