White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Friday told reporters that today is a day to mourn and express sympathy for those who have lost loved ones in Newton, Conn., not a day to discuss gun control.

Carney was asked whether the horrifying Newton massacre would push gun control and gun policy to the top of the president’s second-term agenda.

“We are still waiting for more information about the incident in Connecticut,” said Carney. “As we do, I think it’s important, on a day like today, to view this as I know the president, as a father, does, and others who are parents certainly do: which is to feel enormous sympathy for those families affected and to do everything that we can to support state and local law enforcement and to support those who are enduring what appears to be a very tragic event.”

“There is, I am sure, will be, rather, a day for discussion of the usual Washington policy debates, but I do not think today is that day,” he added.

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