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

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.

Tom Riccio December 18, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Where have you been for the past 10 years sir? I agree something needs to be changed, but coming forward at this time shows your previous cowardice or lack of concern (probably both) and your political savvy to not let a good crisis go to waste. Have you accepted political donations from CT's gun manufacturers in the past? I hope you intend to protect those vital manufacturing jobs in CT. Enforce the laws you have already put on the books! Thank you for your service.

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