White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said it's too early to talk about whether the Navy Yard shooting will provide new momentum for President Obama's stalled gun control effort -- but that Obama still hopes steps to curb gun violence are taken.
"It is far too early to say anything about who did this and the broader meaning of it," Carney said, several times refusing to engage. But he added that Obama expressed "significant disappointment with the Senate" for failing to pass gun control measures and would "continue to work to take action to improve gun safety, to reduce gun violence this country through executive action, and hopefully Congress will take action to reduce gun violence as well."
Reporters noted since Obama took office there's been at least 7 mass shootings: Fort Hood, Binghampton, Tucson, Aurora, Oak Creek, Newtown and the Navy Yard.
"And then, countless other deaths," Carney said. "And this is why we should take action to reduce gun violence. We should take common sense action supported by Americans from every part of the country."