(Image source: Hartford Courant)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

This Sunday, time to talk gun control?

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY), ON CBS “FACE THE NATION”: "We need a new paradigm.”
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SEN. DICK BLUMENTHAL (D-CT), ON ABC “THIS WEEK”: “...need to do something.”
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SEN. DICK DURBIN (D-IL) ON “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”: “...a quiet, calm discussion about the Second Amendment.”

After Friday’s horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut — guns dominated the Sunday political talk shows.

And not just any gun talk:

CT. GOV. DAN MALLOY ON CNN “STATE OF THE UNION”: “...assault weapons. You don't hunt deer with these things."

SCHUMER: “...try and reinstate the assault weapons bans.”

In fact in a visit to NBC’s “Meet the Press,” California Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein vowed to introduce a bill to ban assault weapons on the first day of the 113th Congress.

SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN, ON NBC “MEET THE PRESS”: “It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation and the possession. Not retroactively but prospectively.”

In 1994, then-President Bill Clinton signed into law an assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. Democrats have been trying to renew it ever since.

Suspects in the Aurora theater shooting this summer as well as the mall shooting earlier this week used semi-automatic AR-15s.

In Newtown, suspect 20-year-old Adam Lanza reportedly used his mother’s guns to carry out the shooting that killed 20 children. Police believe he in fact used one of her guns when he shot her to death at their home.

Nancy Lanza, a gun enthusiast, has been linked to the two handguns and semi automatic rifle that police say Adam Lanza brought to the school.

And officials believe those guns were registered and legally purchased. But there are those who say an assault weapons ban wouldn’t have stopped the tragedy at Sandy Hook. On “Fox News Sunday,” Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert says the answer is MORE guns.

“They choose this place. They know no one will be armed. ... I wish to God she had had an M-4 in her office, locked up so when she heard gunfire, she pulls it out ... and takes him out and takes his head off before he can kill those precious kids.”

In all — Sunday talk show guests who favored stricter gun control outnumbered those who did not — but in an aside on his show “Meet the Press” host David Gregory gave a possible reason for that.

GREGORY: “We reached out to all 31 pro-gun rights senators in the new congress to invite them on the program to share their views on the subject this morning.”

Independent Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman called for a commission to explore ways to stop mass shootings. Meanwhile on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy called Adam Lanza quote “deranged.”

Renew the Assault Weapons Ban?

by Christina Hartman
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Dec 16, 2012

Renew the Assault Weapons Ban?

(Image source: Hartford Courant)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

This Sunday, time to talk gun control?

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY), ON CBS “FACE THE NATION”: "We need a new paradigm.”
(SWV- BlumenthalABC) (:20-:22)
SEN. DICK BLUMENTHAL (D-CT), ON ABC “THIS WEEK”: “...need to do something.”
(SWV- DurbinFox)
SEN. DICK DURBIN (D-IL) ON “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”: “...a quiet, calm discussion about the Second Amendment.”

After Friday’s horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut — guns dominated the Sunday political talk shows.

And not just any gun talk:

CT. GOV. DAN MALLOY ON CNN “STATE OF THE UNION”: “...assault weapons. You don't hunt deer with these things."

SCHUMER: “...try and reinstate the assault weapons bans.”

In fact in a visit to NBC’s “Meet the Press,” California Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein vowed to introduce a bill to ban assault weapons on the first day of the 113th Congress.

SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN, ON NBC “MEET THE PRESS”: “It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation and the possession. Not retroactively but prospectively.”

In 1994, then-President Bill Clinton signed into law an assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. Democrats have been trying to renew it ever since.

Suspects in the Aurora theater shooting this summer as well as the mall shooting earlier this week used semi-automatic AR-15s.

In Newtown, suspect 20-year-old Adam Lanza reportedly used his mother’s guns to carry out the shooting that killed 20 children. Police believe he in fact used one of her guns when he shot her to death at their home.

Nancy Lanza, a gun enthusiast, has been linked to the two handguns and semi automatic rifle that police say Adam Lanza brought to the school.

And officials believe those guns were registered and legally purchased. But there are those who say an assault weapons ban wouldn’t have stopped the tragedy at Sandy Hook. On “Fox News Sunday,” Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert says the answer is MORE guns.

“They choose this place. They know no one will be armed. ... I wish to God she had had an M-4 in her office, locked up so when she heard gunfire, she pulls it out ... and takes him out and takes his head off before he can kill those precious kids.”

In all — Sunday talk show guests who favored stricter gun control outnumbered those who did not — but in an aside on his show “Meet the Press” host David Gregory gave a possible reason for that.

GREGORY: “We reached out to all 31 pro-gun rights senators in the new congress to invite them on the program to share their views on the subject this morning.”

Independent Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman called for a commission to explore ways to stop mass shootings. Meanwhile on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy called Adam Lanza quote “deranged.”

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