The Washington Times - July 20, 2012, 10:46AM

The White House indicated Friday that President Obama hasn’t changed his position on gun-control laws in the immediate aftermath of the mass shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.

Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One in Florida, White House press secretary Jay Carney reiterated Mr. Obama’s position on guns, saying “the president believes we need to take common-sense measures that protect the Second Amendment rights of Americans while ensuring that those who should not have guns under existing laws do not get them.”

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“We’re making progress in that regard in terms of improving the volume and quality of information on background checks,” Mr. Carney said.

The president is cutting short one campaign appearance Friday in Florida and canceling another stop due to the tragedy. An Obama campaign official also said the campaign is asking TV affiliates to pull “contrast advertising” — code for negative ads attacking Republican candidate Mitt Romney — in light of the slayings.