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

In a statement issued this weekend the 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.

Thousands of them have taken to social media and other outlets to call for gun control, and to argue against it.

Dave December 17, 2012 at 06:02 PM
The best solution is a federal ban on all firearms except single shot rifles and shotguns. Anything less will do nothing to solve the problem of gun violence. Unfortunately almost all politicians are too scared to even discuss gun control, let alone propose any new laws.
CA December 17, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Actually, the problem is not the guns, it is looking at the issue of mentally here. This person had problems and if guns were already banned, he would have used something else. It is the people that we need to deal with first. If the mother knew he had a problem why introduce him to something that he could use. Need to deal with the mental issue first. Alot of people with issues out there that are being over looked. Look at how all the people were released even from state mental hospitals.
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