Senior Democrats call for greater gun control in wake of Newtown shooting

Senior Democrats call for greater gun control in wake of Newtown shooting

Newtown : CT : USA | Dec 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM PST
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In the wake of the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that claimed the lives of 28 people, senior Democrats have called for greater gun control, urging that stronger measures be put in place to restrict access firearms.

Friday saw one of the most tragic and deadly shootings in United States history as lone gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, went on a killing spree at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 children and six women, later on killing himself.

Expectedly, the much debated issue of gun control emerged yet again, as shooter Adam Lanza was, according to investigators, carrying a semi-automatic rifle, bans on which had expired in 2004. Now many are calling for a stricter legislation to be put in place, with Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy and Senator Dianne Feinstein urging for greater gun control and Senator Feinstein saying that she will be introducing a bill to Congress to ban all assault rifles.

While not committing to anything in his statement, President Barack Obama, who was tearful during his first press conference on the shootings, said that "meaningful action" had to be taken against gun violence, visiting Newtown and the bereaved today.

Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy said that while a ban on assault rifles remained in effect in the state, federal relaxations meant it was difficult to control who had access to these weapons, adding, "These are assault weapons. You don't hunt deer with these thing. One can only hope that we'll find a way to limit these weapons that really only have one purpose."

Meanwhile, Senator Feinstein said that she would be moving to introduce a bill, banning all assault rifles as soon as the Congress convened, saying, "I'm going to introduce in the Senate, and the same bill will be introduced in the House (of Representatives), a bill to ban assault weapons." She also said that she felt that the president himself would also back her on the bill.

Investigators are still trying to piece together the events of Friday, more importantly trying to figure out just what motivated shooter Adam Lanza to commit such a heinous crime. It is believed that Lanza may have attended the school at some point in time. While not giving away any details, investigators have said that they have "good evidence" pertaining to the shooting, but this would be disclosed at a later date.

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Senior democrats call for greater gun control in wake of Newtown shooting
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