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Senators Call NRA Statement a 'Sad and Shameful' Response to Sandy Hook Shootings

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Democratic Senators called the NRA’s statement Friday a “sad and shameful” response to the shootings which killed 20 children at Sandy Hook elementary one week ago.
“The NRA statement today is sadly and shamefully inadequate, calling for more guns and rejecting real action against gun violence,” Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal said Friday at a press conference on Capitol Hill. “At a defining historic moment for our nation demanding courageous leadership, the NRA has declined to step forward as a credible and constructive partner.”
Blumenthal said that the NRA’s proposal for more armed guards in school may seem like a good idea but he added the devil is in the details.
“They're contemplating volunteers, watchdog dads, which I think is problematic itself, raising concerns about safety, expertise, effectiveness. So I think the American people are looking for real solutions, serious, comprehensive proposals rather than what we heard today.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., noted that many schools already have armed guards which has not prevented many shootings, including, she noted, Columbine in 1999.
“There were two armed law enforcement officers who twice engaged the shooters at Columbine, that didn't prevent 15 from being killed and 23 wounded,” Feinstein said. “The NRA's blanket call to arm our schools is really nothing more than a distraction. It's a delay tactic. It's a distraction from the availability of military-style assault weapons on our streets, in our schools, used at malls, used at workplaces, used in movie theaters.”
Feinstein received a call from President Clinton Thursday. The former president pledged his help to Sen. Feinstein as she proceeds to try to reinstate the assault weapons ban.
“To have him part of the team again is really quite, quite special for us,” Feinstein said.

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Senate Democrats Plead for Gun Control Debate in Wake of Newtown Shootings

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate floor Monday was filled with Democrats calling for a renewed debate on gun control in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.
Sen. Menendez, D-N.J., called for Newtown to be the “turning point” to change laws and that there should be “no more excuses” or delay.
“Let us finally pass commonsense gun laws,” Menendez said, “We need a national debate about the role of firearms in our society and we need to address mental health issues and we need to act immediately. … These high-capacity clips must be outlawed. I don't believe that there's any reason why a law-abiding citizen would need the capability to shoot multiple rounds like a street sweeper.”
Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., announced plans to reintroduce his high-capacity magazine ban legislation in January, which prohibits the manufacture and sale of ammunition magazines that have a capacity of, or could be readily converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
“In light of yet another horrific shooting tragedy, it is clearer than ever that there is no place in our communities for deadly high-capacity gun magazines and I will keep working to pass my bill to reinstate the ban on them,” Lautenberg said in a paper statement, “We must take immediate action to ban high-capacity gun magazines and assault weapons so that we can prevent the next massacre.”
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said that too many in the Senate feel duty-bound by the NRA’s scorecard on this issue and he said he is “encouraged” by some of his colleagues -- like Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va. -- who have spoken out Monday in support of limiting firearms in some capacity.
“What holds us back are political organizations that are well funded, organized and determined to resist even the most reasonable limitations. There is a close political parallel between the gridlock in Washington on dealing with our economy and national debt and the eerie silence in Congress as the list of horrific gun crimes grows by the day.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., added that there can be a way to move forward in the middle and called for the conversation to start now and without delay.
“I believe that you can be both pro-gun and pro-gun safety, just like you can be in favor of free speech but also against child pornography,” Schumer said.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Monday that, as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, he will be holding a hearing very early in the next congressional session in the coming weeks to help in the search for understanding and answers.
“It’s not a matter just of guns, which is a significant part, of course. It’s a matter of mental illness. It’s a matter of how we run our educational facilities, all these things should be talked about. If there are practical, sensible and workable answers to prevent such unspeakable tragedies, we should make the effort to find them.”
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White House Offers No Details on Gun Control Efforts

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The day after President Obama pledged to “use whatever power this office holds” to prevent future tragedies like the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the White House offered few details on how he plans to halt gun violence.
“It’s a complex problem that will require a complex solution. No single piece of legislation, no single action will fully address the problem,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters. “I don’t have a specific agenda to announce to you today. I would simply point you to what the president said last night about moving forward in coming weeks. And I would look for him to do that.”
“We can’t tolerate this anymore,” Obama said Sunday at a vigil for families of the victims of Friday’s deadly shooting. “These tragedies must end.  And to end them, we must change.  We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true.  No single law -- no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world, or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. But that can’t be an excuse for inaction.  Surely, we can do better than this.”
The President continues to support reinstating the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004, but Carney offered no outline of a proposal or timeline going forward.
“I think that what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School has clearly shocked the entire nation and has laid bare the necessity of evaluating the various things that we can and must do as a nation to try to better protect our children,” he said.
Carney reminded reporters that the president “didn’t talk about months or years. He said ‘coming weeks.’”
While addressing gun violence is part of the solution, Carney stressed that it is far from all of it. “It’s important to remember that this is about our gun laws and enforcing them, but it’s also about a broader series of issues, including issues of mental health and education and the like,” he said.
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