Christie Criticizes Obama Comments on Guns After Va. Shooting

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie criticizes President Obama over comment that the number of U.S. gun-related deaths “dwarfs” fatalities through terrorism.

  • “I don’t know that anybody in America believes that they are more threatened by this than they feel threatened by ISIS or other terror groups around the world,” the Republican presidential candidate tells Fox News
    • “The deaths are an awful tragedy but let’s focus on what the real problem is: we are not enforcing the laws,” Christie says in response to yday’s shooting deaths of journalists in Va.
  • NOTE: Obama’s quote from interview with Philadelphia ABC-TV affiliate WPVI yday: “What we know is that the number of people who die from gun-related incidents around this country dwarfs any deaths that happen through terrorism”
  • Speaking later on CNBC, Christie says existing gun laws should be enforced as opposed to making new ones
    • Media isn’t the problem as there were “deeply disturbed” criminals before sites such as Twitter or Facebook; people must be held accountable for their actions, he says
    • Christie says he’s pushed in N.J. to give physicians more power to involuntary commit people that talk about committing violent acts
Related: Trump: Va. Shooting Stemmed From Mental Problem, Not Guns

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