U.S. Rep. John Larson Calls For Gun Control Talks

In a statement issued this weekend Connecticut's First District Democrat said "politics be damned" in the wake of the Newtown shootings.

Connecticut Congressman John Larson, D-First District, called this weekend for a serious political debate on the issue of gun control following the Newtown shootings that killed 26 people, 20 of them children.

In a statement issued Saturday Larson said "politics be damned" and that it's time for the country to face the issue head-on.

"Friday was a day of mourning, but the time to act is now upon us. To do nothing in the face of continuous assaults on our children is to be complicit in those assaults. There may not be a single cure-all for the violence in our nation, however we must start the process and begin the deeper and longer conversations that need to take place. Politics be damned. Of the 12 deadliest shootings in our nation's history, half of them have happened in the last five years. And there is not a single person in America who doesn't fear it will happen again. It's time we recognize the danger and address it."

In a memorial vigil Sunday night in Newtown President Obama also touched on the subject of gun control, saying America is not doing enough to keep its children safe.

Many of Connecticut's lawmakers have been mostly silent on the politically-charged issue of gun control in the wake of the shootings. Their constituents, however, have not. Thousands of them have taken to social media and other outlets to call for gun control, and to argue against it.

Lou December 17, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Very simple solution. Repeal the law that prohibits teachers from carrying on school grounds.
Richard Poulton December 17, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Everybody & their brother will be calling for a renewal of the assault weapons ban once in place. I believe it should be. Such weapons as the AR-15 used in Newton, the AK-47, even the Mac-10 & Tech-9's are available for purchase after a wait period and no permit is required. So the new ban goes into effect, what does society do about the 10's of thousends of these semi-automatic weapons currently out there? By the way, these so called semi-automatic AR-15's & AK-47 can easily be converted to full automatic by the purchase of the right piece of equipment availoable at any gun show or on-line.
Richard Poulton December 17, 2012 at 07:33 PM
After further review of my above comment I realized that I made a mistake. The Tech 9 and the Mac 10's are both classified as machine pistols and do require a permit to carry and do not fall into the catagory of a rifle which does not requires such.
Ahmed Adoudi December 17, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Is Congressman Larson also going to call for a political debate on why all these mass shootings are committed by people on psychiatric medications?
Richard Poulton December 17, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I don't know where you got this information. But if you look at the history of both Columbine school and the Auroro theater incidents, neither of the shooters had a past mental illness history or were on any sort of psychiatics medication.


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