Bush: Prosecute Crimes, Don't Restrict Guns
Weighing in today on the gun control debate ignited Monday by the massacre at Virginia Tech, the White House said President Bush will “participate” in the discussion. However, a statement by spokeswoman Dana Perino seemingly suggested that the president may stay the course on his oft-repeated call to prosecute crimes rather than stringently restrict citizen access to firearms, according to a Chicago Tribune news analysis.
“We’ve had a consistent policy of ensuring that the Justice Department is enforcing all of the gun laws that we have on the books and making sure that they’re prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,’’ Perino said in a Monday press conference.
The Monday on-campus massacre—in which 23-year-old Virginia Tech student Cho Seung Hui shot and killed 32 people and injured a dozen more before turning the gun on himself—is the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history. For the latest coverage, see the Washington Post.