Katie 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.