Gun control trumps mourning for liberals

GriefKatie Pavlich reported in Townhall that before the tiny bodies of five and six-year old children were even removed from a Newtown, Connecticut school building, “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” felt it incumbent to issue press releases calling for strict gun control laws.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s statement read in part:

“But the country needs [the president] to send a bill to Congress to fix this problem. Calling for ‘meaningful action’ is not enough. We need immediate action. We have heard all the rhetoric before. What we have not seen is leadership – not from the White House and not from Congress. That must end today.”

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s statement included the following:

“As a Mayor who has witnessed too many lives forever altered by gun violence, it is my responsibility to fight for action. Today’s tragedy reminds us that now is the time for action. … Now is the time for a national policy on guns that takes the loopholes out of the laws, the automatic weapons out of our neighborhoods and the tragedies like today out of our future.”

Well aware that now is not a time for political rhetoric, Pavlich avoided entering the fray. She used her time to grieve along with a stunned nation.

Much like Pavlich, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., the incoming chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, chose not to grovel in the mud. She was asked during a C-SPAN interview on Friday whether it was time for stricter gun control laws in light of the Connecticut carnage.

“We need to find out what happened and what drove this individual to this place,” McMorris Rodgers said urging caution. “I think we have to be careful about new —suggesting new gun laws. We need to look at what drives a crazy person to do these kind of actions and make sure that we’re enforcing the laws that are currently on the books. And yes, definitely, we need to do everything possible to make sure that something like this never happens again.”

I’ll take my cue from both women and avoid the debate — it’s way too early. I will, however, say this. What happened at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown can only be described as pure evil, and evil cannot simply be legislated out of existence.

Read Bloomberg and Menino’s full statements in Townhall.

Read more of the McMorris Rodgers interview in The Hill.

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  • Big Dem

    As Rahm Emanuel famously announced while White House Chief of Staff for Obama: "You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before." He proudly a stated this as Obama's intent to use the financial crisis as justification for the "stimulus" that ended up squandering a trillion dollars, but solidified his push toward Eurpoean-styled socialism through public unionization. Now Progressives are already using this horror to justify disarming law abiding citizens under the guise of "gun control." Some things never change, especially when you are dealing with people who have no moral core.

  • Dan H

    Just like laws against drugs, more gun laws will fail to get them off the street.

  • galensdad

    Remember: The amateur, the uninformed, and the unintelligent get to the heart of the matter much too quickly.

  • airborne66

    With 38 years’ experience working in the Criminal Justice System as a law-enforcement officer and adolescent counselor now teaching Criminal Justice in a local college, my opinion on the shooting in Newton, Connecticut may be different from many who are asking for stricter gun control laws. Having worked for the NYPD where in NYC they have some of the strictest gun laws in the country, police officers continue to make thousands of arrests annually for the illegal possession of firearms. Adam Lanza can now be identified as a mass murderer. The legal guns, owned by his mother, were his weapons of choice. The fact is if his mother didn’t have the guns available, Lanza would have gotten them somewhere else. Mass murderers plan their crime, they prepare for it as indicated by Lanza purchasing a camouflaged uniform. My theory as to why he ended up shooting his targeted elementary school was first, his mother a gambler running dice games in her home, probably did not pay attention to her son as he was growing up. The weapons that were used were legally registered and probably in the house to protect the mother’s gambling den. When a child grows, boys tend to gravitate to their mothers seeking love and affection. If mom is too busy operating a gambling business, she probably pushed Adam aside. When she substituted at the school where the shooting took place, she may have praised the children in her class putting them, in Adam’s mind, more important to her than he was. Some reporters and psychologists are saying he may have had a learning disability or have been autistic. Children with learning disabilities or autistic do no commit mass murders. What may have triggered Adam was as some reports stated he had mental issues and perhaps was on medications. Now some psychiatrists say if the patient doesn’t take his medication, he can have negative reactions. However, in working with adolescents, I have seen kids prescribed mediation and have those psychotropic medications react negatively on them like raising their level of anger and violence. Many times, psychotropic medications are dispensed and no one monitors the patient. The United States of America is first in the world for mass shooting such as the one in Newtown Connecticut and I believe part of this is due to the lack of parents teaching their children values and family beliefs and loss of developing a relationship with God. Unless we as a nation stop worrying about violating someone’s civil rights and report to medical professionals or the police when we someone acting out of the ordinary, we will continue to have these types of shootings. The saying, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” is very true. It’s the change of electrical patterns in the brain either caused by physical or emotional trauma, or the use of certain psychotropic medications that lead to these mass murders. God Bless all the children and teachers that perished in Newtown, Connecticut.

    • melanie kremkau

      exactly!!! and very well said!

  • Big Dem

    Thank you for a reasoned, experienced voice in this sad matter. I agree entirely with you.

  • cs

    Amen to that!