Connecticut School Shooting Revives Gun Debate

By: The AP
By: The AP

White House isn't getting into gun control today

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- A White House spokesman says this isn't the day for a discussion about gun control.

   Jay Carney was responding to reporters' questions on that issue, and President Barack Obama's campaign promises on gun control, in the aftermath of today's deadly shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

   The president himself signaled a desire for action, but he wasn't specific. Obama said, "As a country, we have been through this too many times." He said, "We're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics."

   During his time in office, mass shootings have shaken communities in Wisconsin, Texas and Colorado.

   Although the White House isn't getting into the issue of gun control today, others are. Democratic congressman Jerrold Nadler of New York said in a statement, "If now is not the time to have a serious discussion about gun control and the epidemic of gun violence plaguing our society, I don't know when is."

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) -- Relatives of those killed in this summer's Colorado theater shooting are reacting with outrage to Friday's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school -- and demanding that the nation finally address gun control.

Tom Teves lost his son, Alex, in the July 20 theater shooting in the Denver suburb of Aurora. Teves insisted that there is no need for the public to have access to weapons like the one allegedly used by the gunman in Newtown, Conn.

The latest mass shooting came a day after Colorado's governor called on lawmakers to start debating gun control measures.

University of Colorado student James Holmes is accused of purchasing a semi-automatic rifle and other weapons before killing 12 people and wounding 70 others in July.


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