Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki was widely mocked by conservatives, many of whom made fun of her for using the phrase “circle-back” when attempting to get out of answering a question.
Psaki has since been replaced by Karine Jean-Pierre, who seems to have a badly-kept secret: she’s even worse at dodging questions than Psaki was.
Jean-Pierre insists red flag laws are effective despite Independence Day shooting
That fact was on display Tuesday in the wake of a mass shooting at an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois on Monday which claimed the lives of seven people.
Jean-Pierre was asked during a press conference about the effectiveness of so-called “red flag laws” at preventing mass shootings given that Illinois already has such a law in effect.
Earlier, the White House press secretary had touted President Joe Biden’s support for a bill that provides states with funding to pass red flag laws.
Reporter: “Illinois already has a red flag law .. is your expectation that the gun bill that just passed is something that would have addressed this kind of situation?”
Jean-Pierre: “The bipartisan bill is going to save some lives … but we need to do more work.” pic.twitter.com/eGyZyFT21B
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) July 5, 2022
“I want to be very clear: yes, the bipartisan…gun reform bill was an important first step,” she said, adding that it “is going to save some lives…but we need to do more work.”
KJP: “When they’re actually enacted, red flag laws are effective.” pic.twitter.com/uMo0u3RkET
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) July 5, 2022
She later went on to say regarding red flag laws, “When they are implemented, they do work, in red states, and in blue states.” Jean-Pierre went on to insist that such laws “are effective.”
Alleged shooter previously threatened “to kill everyone”
However, the Daily Wire reported that the alleged shooter did not trigger Illinois’ red flag system despite an incident in which he threatened to commit mass murder.
“A family member reported that [the suspect] said he was going to kill everyone and [the suspect] had a collection of knives,” Lake County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Christopher Covelli was quoted as saying at a press conference on Tuesday.
“The police responded to his residence, the police removed 16 knives, a dagger, and a sword from [the suspect’s] home,” Covelli said.