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In the aftermath of a bloody summer that saw two journalists slain on live television in Virginia and nine people massacred at a historic Black church in South Carolina, the Obama administration this week renewed calls for Congress to act on strengthening the nation’s gun laws, reports The Huffington Post:

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest renewed the Obama administration’s call for Congress to take action on gun control after a gunman shot and killed a reporter and cameraman during a live television broadcast on Wednesday.

“This is another example of gun violence that is becoming all too common in communities large and small all across the United States,” Earnest said. “And while there is no piece of legislation that will end all violence in this country, there are some common sense things that only Congress can do that we know would have a tangible impact in reducing gun violence in this country. Congress could take those steps in a way that would not infringe on the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans.”

In 2012, President Barack Obama backed legislation that would have expanded background checks before gun purchases, but the measure failed in the Senate, notes the news outlet. Since then, the president has called the failure “the greatest frustration” of his tenure, vowing last month to continue to “push for reform during the remainder of his time in office.”


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