Americans urged to talk gun control at Thanksgiving table

Josh Earnest, White House press secretary and spokesman for President Obama, said Americans ought to take advantage of the family gatherings around the Thanksgiving table to talk some serious gun-control measures.

He made the recommendation in context of discussing the Republican push to vet Syrian refugees, else refuse them entry to America. On that, he said: Bolstering the border control vetting process won’t automatically improve national security.

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“If Congress were actually interested in doing that, they’d pass a law that would prevent somebody who’s on the terror watch list from being able to buy a gun. That’s what Congress should do,” he said, in widely reported remarks.

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He then spoke of Thanksgiving.

“As people are sitting around the … table, talking about these issues, as they should, and as I’m sure they will all across the country, I hope that’s a question that will be raised and asked by members around the table – that if we’re going to have a serious discussion in this country about national security, let’s talk about some pretty obvious things that Congress can do,” Earnest said.

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He went on, ultimately scolding Republicans for their tight ties to the gun lobby industry.

“And one obvious thing that Congress can do is pass a law that prevents somebody who is on the terror watch list from … being able to buy a weapon,” Earnest said. “I’m not sure why that’s even controversial. I’m not sure why it hasn’t been done so far. I suspect, however, that it has a lot to do with the fear that Republicans have of the NRA.”