WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama was pressed about his lack of leadership on gun control issues in a press conference Wednesday after announcing that Vice President Joe Biden will lead commission to review ways to prevent gun violence.
"Where have you been?" asked ABC News reporter Jake Tapper at the end of the briefing.
Obama replied that he had been elected during one of the worst economic crises in American history and had to manage two wars and a host of other priorities besides guns.
"I don't think I've been on vacation," said a visibly annoyed Obama, a minute before ending the press conference.
But in fact, Obama has done little to tighten access to weapons, aside from casually supporting the Assault Weapons Ban, banning high-capacity magazines, and closing the gun-show background check loophole.
"This should be a wake-up call for all of us," Obama said of the shooting.