White House press secretary slips and says US

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Global Courant 2023-05-09 04:52:22

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at a news conference Monday that the US has averaged more than one mass shooting per day since the beginning of 2023, before later saying the country averages one per week.

At the top of Monday’s White House press briefing, Jean-Pierre told reporters that May 8 is the 128th day of 2023 and that the US had its 201st mass shooting of the year yesterday.

“That means we have more than one a day on average, more than 200 mass shootings in 128 days,” she said, adding that more than 14,000 people have been killed by gun violence this year. “This is a crisis. It’s a crisis the Republicans in Congress are refusing to address. We’re talking about the biggest child killer in America, and the Republicans in Congress say there’s nothing we can do about it.”

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Mass shootings are taking place in schools, shopping malls, churches, cinemas, supermarkets, temples and other communal areas, interrupting daily life, the press secretary explained.

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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 2, 2023. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

These public spaces are being attacked by “weapons of war,” which Jean-Pierre said “have no place in our streets.”

She then turned the attention to Congress and said it should deal with the crisis.

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On Sunday, President Biden asked Congress to send him a bill that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, lift manufacturer immunity, require safe storage of guns and implement universal background checks, Jean-Pierre said.

“It’s just common sense, and it’s what the American people, the majority of the American people, want when we have 200 mass shootings in less than 130 days, more than one a day. This is a crisis. Congress needs to do something about it now.” .”

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A little later, however, Jean-Pierre said that the shootings are much less on average.

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“It’s frustrating, and I’m sure you’re all frustrated too, to talk about this over and over again,” Jean-Pierre told reporters. “…an average of one mass shooting per week? That’s not okay.”

Earlier figures presented by the press secretary were much more accurate, and what she said later at the press conference was probably a mistake.

Still, Jean-Pierre said Biden has taken 20 executive actions on gun legislation in two years, including the bipartisan Safer Communities Act.

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“This is a president who has taken action,” she said. “Where is Congress’s responsibility in this? Where is their responsibility in this? We need legislation.”

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