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Monday, December 17, 2012

After Newton Massacres Politicians Speak, Debates Spark

Sen. Joe Lieberman offered some very poignant remarks Sunday during the ceremony where president Obama spoke honoring the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in which two classrooms of students were shoot by demented killer, Adam Lanza.

As press was getting feed off the wire about the events taking place, this one, in particular caught our eye.

Pool reporters asked Sen Lieberman about the violence commission idea he discussed on the Sunday morning talk shows.

Said Lieberman, “I’m always reluctant about commissions, but I really believe we ought to have a national commission on violence. These events are happening more frequently and I worry that if we don’t take a thoughtful look at them, we’re going to lose the hurt and the anger that we have now.”

Lieberman had also had thoughts about areas that we, too, think need to be examined in our society to avoid events like last Friday's mass shooting.

“And that includes looking at violence in the entertainment culture, mental health services and, of course, gun laws. But I said that shouldn’t stop anything that the president and Congress want to do. Two things I mentioned was to restore the assault weapons ban, which expired, which existed for 10 years, ’94 to 2004, not enough votes to re-authorize it, and it had a significant effect on murders committed with guns. In other words, down. The second was, right now the background checks that the Brady Law has, if you go into a licensed federal firearms dealer, you got to be subject to, are pretty good. But if you go into a gun show or you go and buy a gun from some antique dealer, you’re not checked at all. And those to me are two things that would be important.”

Lieberman is one of several politicians who have spoken out recently on gun laws.  The looming issue that is constant?  Will anything be done change them?

Debate: After Newtown, Will Nation’s Worst-Ever Grade School Shooting Spur Tougher Gun Control?

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