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McCarthy: Shootings are all too Common

The Nassau County Democrat and gun control advocate released a statement and did a round of interviews following the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy on Friday afternoon released a statement in the wake of the massacre of 20 school kids in Newtown, Conn.

Here is the text of the statement:

“Our hearts go out to the victims and families from this horrific tragedy, especially during the holidays when kids should be thinking about presents and having fun with their families and friends, not America’s deadly problem with gun violence.

“There are a lot of unanswered questions right now, but one thing is clear – there’s too much gun violence in our country.  These shootings are becoming all too common, and it’s too easy for dangerous people to get the weapons that help them perform mass executions like today’s.

“Leaders in Washington from both parties, and groups like the NRA, all say that now is not the time to talk about how gun safety laws can save lives in America.  I agree, now is not the time to talk about gun laws – the time for that conversation was long before all those kids in Connecticut died today.

“We owe it to our children to work harder to reduce gun violence.  The Second Amendment is the law of the land but it was never intended to allow murderers to take the lives of innocent kids.  It’s our moral obligation as policymakers and as parents to do more to save lives.

“I hope the President’s words about taking ‘meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this regardless of the politics’ stay true as we continue down this road again.”

McCarthy also conducted a series of interviews, including one on MSNBC and another with Gail Collins of the New York Times. To read Collins' column, click here.

Story by David Reich-Hale

Brent M. December 20, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Just curious.. Has the East Meadow School District put out any type of response since the shooting happened.. as in , If it was addressed in school, ( it hasnt been yet).. What do they say to students if one asks about the Newtown Incident,?.. what new policies are being implimented?,... What are the soft areas of each school that are going to need change.. ? Is it just me.. or is the School District playing the "IT WONT HAPPEN HERE.. SO LETS NOT MAKE CHANGES CARD??? :::::::::::::::::: Can anyone answer this.. maybe even the patch Editor???
Patrick Smith December 21, 2012 at 07:25 AM
Patrick Smith December 21, 2012 at 07:27 AM
LI Lawyer December 22, 2012 at 07:27 AM
The constitution is a wonderful document. It protects many important rights, including the "right to bear arms." But it's equally important to remember that the constitution is not a suicide pact. We live in a democracy governed by laws made by our elected representatives. Reasonable laws restricting the "right to bear arms" are perfectly constitutional. As Judge Scalia explained in District of Columbia v Heller, the second amendment's right to bear arms "is not unlimited" and has never allowed anyone to "keep and carry any weapon whatsoever." Congress and the states can pass "laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms." They can prohibit the carrying of "dangerous and unusual weapons." And most importantly, "weapons that are most useful in military service—M-16 rifles and the like—may be banned..." for general civilian use. That's the law, folks. Congress can act to ban the kind of weapon that killed these poor innocent kids. You can have a gun for protection, you can have rifles for hunting, but please, accept common sense limits on assault weapons and large ammo clips.
Eddie December 22, 2012 at 08:25 AM
The rules being proposed by Congress and the administration will not affect ownership of Bushmaster rifles. Despite the lies you are believing, the Bushmaster is neither "high power" or an "assault rifle" by the proposals' definitions. So why do you think you are being lied to by the government? Why?


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