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White House Press Secretary And Fox News Reporter Argued Over Violent Rhetoric Earlier Today

Hours before shots were fired outside the Capitol, Jay Carney defended Obama for using "gun to the head" rhetoric throughout the shutdown debate — and pointed out that Ed Henry has used a similar metaphor.

Posted on October 3, 2013, at 3:52 p.m. ET

At Thursday's White House press briefing, Fox News reporter Ed Henry asked Press Secretary Jay Carney if President Obama's remarks about Republicans "holding a gun to the head of the American people" by threatening a government shutdown were wise given September's mass shooting at the Naval Yard in Washington, D.C.

Carney defended the rhetoric that Henry himself had jokingly said during a press conference earlier this week of Republicans, "Let them shoot each other." Video of Henry's comments below: