Obama Adminstration Has Sent Mixed Message On Banning Assault Weapons

Since the deadly shooting in Colorado on Friday, the White House has shut down the idea of pushing for more gun control legislation, citing a political climate unfriendly to such efforts. Even before the events in Aurora, the Administration’s position on the issue has been hard to pin down.

1. 2011: “The President, again, since I have been with him in 2004, has supported the assault weapons ban. And we continue to do so.”

2. 2012: The President doesn’t have a position on extending the assault weapons ban.

3. 2012: The White House suggests President Obama won’t push for more gun control.

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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