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“What does that mean — ‘We’re going to work on it’?” Ms. Kellar shot back.

“I want to work on giving photographers more access,” said Mr. Carney, adding, “Every White House, every president has had meetings that the press didn’t cover.”

POLL DU JOUR

63 percent of Americans say tighter restrictions on buying and owning guns is not an effective way to keep guns out of the hands of criminals; 70 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of Democrats agree.

32 percent say the stricter regulations are an effective preventative; 26 percent of Republicans and 44 percent of Democrats agree.

59 percent overall say TSA agents at airports should carry guns; 35 percent disagree.

27 percent say “better mental health treatment” is the most important prevention factor in preventing mass shootings like Newtown.

22 percent cite “better parenting,” 20 percent cite armed guards as factors; 16 percent cite stricter gun control lawns, 8 percent cite less violence in media and in video games.

Source: A Reason/Rupe poll of 1,011 U.S. adults conducted Dec. 4-5.

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