PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – Calls to strengthen the nation's gun control laws have come from parents and politicians — and even the President — in the days since 20 children and six adults were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.
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President Barack Obama said the nation must "take meaningful action" when he spoke just a few hours after the shooting Friday. He repeated his call for the nation to discuss gun laws when he spoke at a vigil in Newtown Sunday.
“We can't accept events like these as routine," Obama said in his speech. "Are we really prepared to say we are powerless in the face of such carnage – that the politics are too complicated?"
Gun-rights supporters, including the National Rifle Association, have been mostly quiet since the shooting. A few politicians have suggested arming more school faculty members.
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) said she plans to introduce a bill banning assault weapons when the next Congress comes into session after the new year. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Harrison) of New York’s 19th Congressional District, issued the following statement Friday following the shooting:
“Today’s horrific act of violence in Newtown, Connecticut is senseless and heartbreaking. There are no words to express the profound grief we all feel at the loss of so many, especially young children. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their friends and family and the entire Newtown community.
"We cannot tolerate mass shootings as a mere inconvenience or a normal part of our everyday lives. Easy availability of the deadliest weapons to the most dangerous people has cost countless lives and caused immeasurable suffering, never more so than today. Our expressions of sympathy must be matched with concrete actions to stop gun violence.”