President Barack Obama will seek stricter gun-control measures in the coming weeks to try to prevent mass shootings, the White House said on Monday.
"It's a complex problem that will require a complex solution," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, the Wall Street Journal reports
. He declined to say which measures would be proposed.
"I'm not going to engage in specific point-by-point policy proposals or prescriptions," Carney said. He reiterated that the president has supported an assault-weapons ban and said Obama wanted to enlists professionals in seeking the right solutions.
Friday’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. — in which 27 people died, including 20 children — has raised new concerns about the nation's gun and mental-health laws, the Journal reports.
Authorities say the gunman, Adam Lanza, was carrying an arsenal of ammunition and used a high-powered rifle similar to the military's M-16.
Obama said at a vigil Sunday night for the victims of the shooting, "I will use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens—from law enforcement to mental-health professionals to parents and educators—in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this."
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