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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.

Christine December 18, 2012 at 04:33 AM
All weapons can be used for assault--if you choose to use them that way. A car can be used to assualt. remember--the 9/11 hijackers used box cutters and airplanes to kill over 3000 people. Guns are not the issue in America-- What is in crisis here, is the moral fabric, once tightly woven, that is rapidly degrading and fraying before all of our eyes! This is a condition of the heart of humans. Politics and the "rights" of humans are secondary to the "hearts and minds" of those humans that are absent of moral terpitude . The gun debate must happen, but lets not forget that guns do not kill without a human bring pulling the trigger.
Hope McKay Rice December 18, 2012 at 12:41 PM
After disecting and evaluating the reasons some folks need assault weapons for personal use indicate that we are already dealing with a personality that must feel inadequate and be in need of compensating for something missing in his/her psyche. I guess this type of weapon of mass destruction gives him/her a sense of power to make up for his otherwise feeling of weakness.
IRTURONG December 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM
just as a house to large,too many cars,to big a truck ,we loose our liberties a little more each day.maybe we shouldnt have let the government say no more spankings.it starts very early in life
Bert December 18, 2012 at 02:26 PM
What possible use is there for a weapon to shoots 100 rounds in a seconds? If that shooter had a gun with say 10 rounds, perhaps one or two little ones could have run to safety while the shooter reloaded. Equating these weapons to death by a car is ludicrous. I see nothing wrong with storing a small handgun in the nightstand for your personal protection but I see no legitimate reason to possess a semi-automataic weapon. It is time for the NRA to come to the table. It's time to take a deeper look into how we treat mental health issues. This cannot go on,
Hope Rice December 19, 2012 at 10:48 PM
I agree. You have made a very intelligent statement without all the claptrap being incorporated into this debate.

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