Attorney General Loretta Lynch suggested that President Barack Obama could call for Congressional action for increased gun control in the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack.
Appearing Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with host Chuck Todd, Lynch previewed President Obama’s speech to the American people this evening insisting it is “always” the time for a gun control conversation. (RELATED: Attorney General: The ISIS Threat Is ‘Evolving’ [VIDEO])
“The president understands the country is very concerned about this issue and I think what you’ll hear from him is a discussion about what government is doing to ensure our highest priority, the protection of the American people,” Lynch said.
“I think he’ll talk about the actions we’ve taken, not just since 9/11 but since Paris to help keep the American people and American interests safe. You may hear him call on Congress to review measures and take action as well,” Lynch suggested. “But I think what you’re going to hear on the president say is to call on the American people to pull out the best in themselves and not give into fear at this time.”
Todd asked, “Is this a time for a gun control conversation?”
“I think, we’re in the middle of that conversation. We always are,” Lynch insisted. “When we have the incidents that we have seen, we’re talking about this terrible San Bernardino shooting now. A week ago we were talking about Planned Parenthood in Colorado and there are dozens and dozens of families– [inaudible].”
Todd interjected, “Is this a gun problem or a violence problem in this country?”
“I think we have a number of issues here and I think that dealing with guns is one way to handle violent crime issues that we have in this country,” Lynch said.