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Connecticut’s Democratic governor and two senators, one a Democrat and one an independent, voiced support for an assault-weapons ban or restrictions on high-capacity magazines.
‘AN ARMED PEOPLE’
A Republican lawmaker signaled ongoing opposition to gun control.
Asked on “Fox News Sunday” why Americans would need to own semi-automatic weapons, Republican Representative Louie Gohmert said, “Well, for the reason George Washington said: a free people should be an armed people. It ensures against the tyranny of the government, if they know that the biggest army is the American people.”
Gohmert added, “Once you start drawing the line, where do you stop? … Gun laws don’t work.”
President Barack Obama campaigned on gun control in 2008, but he has expanded gun rights in his first four years in office, signing legislation that would allow people to carry weapons on Amtrak trains and in national parks.
He tearfully called for “meaningful action” to prevent further tragedies on Friday, but the White House has declined to say what measures he would support.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an outspoken gun-control advocate, said Obama will have to make the issue a priority to get any new laws enacted.
“It’s time for the president, I think, to stand up and lead and tell this country what we should do - not go to Congress and say, ‘What do you guys want to do?’ This should be his number one agenda,” Bloomberg said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, who has met with families of the victims of Friday’s massacre, spoke of the need for new gun control steps.
“These are assault weapons. You don’t hunt deer with these things. And I think that’s the question that a lot of people are going to have to resolve their own minds: Where should this line get drawn?” Malloy added.