Today is the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting.
In the press briefing, Sarah Sanders was asked about what the administration was doing to combat gun violence. The reporter specifically brought up Sandy Hook and the Las Vegas massacre as recent examples of horrific mass shootings. The reporter asked “Would you say that the administration is looking on how to prevent these kinds of mass shootings, by domestic shooters, on U.S. Soil?”
Secretary Sanders said:
Absolutely. I know that is something that the Department of Homeland Security looks into and talks about, and works on every single day. I don’t think there is a person in this country that wouldn’t like us to find ways to protect people. And we are certainly very supportive of that. And that is something that would be —
Sanders was interrupted mid-sentence by the reporter asking for specifics.
She responded, “I don’t think there is any one thing that you could do that could have prevented both of those horrible, horrible tragedies.”
The press secretary then flipped the script on the reporter, asking her to name “a single thing” that would have prevented the tragedies:
If you could name a single thing that would have prevented both of these, I would love to hear it because I don’t know what that would look like. But we are looking every single day at how you can protect American lives, how we can best protect American citizens.