Tapper To Obama: "Where Have You Been" On Gun Violence?
JAKE TAPPER, ABC NEWS: It seems to a lot of observers that you made the political calculation in 2008 in your first term and in 2012 not to talk about gun violence. You had your position on renewing the ban on semiautomatic rifles that then-Senator Biden put into place, but you didnâ€™t do much about it. This is not the first issue -- the first incident of horrific gun violence of your four years. Where have you been?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, hereâ€™s where Iâ€™ve been, Jake. Iâ€™ve been President of the United States dealing with the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, an auto industry on the verge of collapse, two wars. I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve been on vacation.
And so I think all of us have to do some reflection on how we prioritize what we do here in Washington. And as I said on Sunday, this should be a wake-up call for all of us to say that if we are not getting right the need to keep our children safe, then nothing else matters. And itâ€™s my commitment to make sure that we do everything we can to keep our children safe.
A lot of things go in -- are involved in that, Jake. So making sure theyâ€™ve got decent health care and making sure theyâ€™ve got a good education, making sure that their parents have jobs -- those are all relevant as well. Those arenâ€™t just sort of side issues. But thereâ€™s no doubt that this has to be a central issue. And thatâ€™s exactly why Iâ€™m confident that Joe is going to take this so seriously over the next couple months.