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Rep. Markey Responds to Newtown Massacre, Urges Stricter Gun Controls

Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), dean of the New England Congressional delegation, issued the following statement after the fatal school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Rep. Markey's statement:

“Today’s news of the horrific school shooting of students, teachers and staff is shocking and horrifying, and my deepest condolences go out to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives today in such a senseless and tragic event. As we learn more about the situation at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we remember how precious life is and how we at our best when we come together as a nation to support each other in our time of grief.  Our collective heart breaks as we consider the family members who are being given the worst news imaginable, and we turn our thoughts and prayers to all of the people of Newtown affected today in the hopes for a full and speedy recovery.

“How many more innocent people have to die senseless deaths until we enact stricter rules that address unfettered access to guns? Thirty-four people are killed with guns every day in America. It past time for a national debate on gun control and solutions to ensure that this terrible trend in mass shootings finally comes to an end.”

stephen December 15, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Who elected this guy?
Concerned Citizen December 15, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Representative Markey: Your constituents would hope that you see the tragedy this morning as evidence of a bigger social issue then gun control. It would be short sighted to assume the issue was as simple as the “big bad gun”. We need to put more resources into proper recognition, diagnosis and treatment for the psychological disorders that these people apparently suffer from that lead them to these horrific acts. Once we are able to better indentify and diagnose, we can utilize that information to make sure people who suffer from mental illness are not able to obtain legal firearms. Then and only then will we have effective gun control legislation. Even in that case, there would be no way to prevent a tragedy if a person circumvented legal means of firearm permitting.
joe white December 16, 2012 at 07:52 PM
This tragedy has nothing to do with or about gun control. If one could figure this out they could solve the theory of creation itself. Please, do not mistake what happened there with politics of any kind. To do so would demean this tragedy. There is no explanation on earth for this. Search, in your own way, the heavens for answers to what happened there and don't try to legislate it away. You can not, no one can.
GB December 17, 2012 at 02:07 PM
How many millions of babies have been aborted since Roe vs. Wade? How many are killed by automobiles daily? How many more violent movies and video games will be produced year after year by those Hollywood liberals who promote gun control and influence the thinking of the population? Pres. Obama approves of near-term abortions (infanticide) but shows up to shed tears over killing of these latest folks by guns. He wouldn't be looking to further his cause for gun control now, would he? When the politicians realize what we need is more morality not less control? Morality used to control society. Today's liberal immorality is ruining it.
Pat December 17, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I agree with stricter gun control. I am not saying ban all guns but who need an assult rifie.
Susan Keeley December 17, 2012 at 02:54 PM
The people of his district.
Susan Keeley December 17, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Can we eliminate these tragedies through examination of all contributing factors and enactment of laws and policies? No. Do we need to try anyway? No brainer.
John DiMascio December 17, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Assault rifles are nothing but rifles that look like Military use weapons. It's not the same animal at all. Banning them doesn't make a bit of difference. The fire the same caliber as ordinary rifles at the same rate of speed. They are semi-automatic, just like many ordinary hunting rifles. These guns aren't used by the military. The Second Amendment exists so that ordinary citizens have the ability to fend of tyranny from the government. That is why it was written and included in the Constitution. You may or may not agree with that principle. But it's there and must observed. Or you have the option of Amending the Constitution. There is a process for that. Read Article V. But in the mean time you don't trample over the Constitution, which is the Supreme Law of the land.
Dawn December 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Think about what what you write. This guy is RIGHT! It;s our children's lives & safety at stake! A 2 yr. old shot himself with a licenced gun because it was not locked up! THINK, we're talking future generation!
LessIsMore December 18, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Our children are far more likely to drown in our own or our neighbors pool that be injured or killed by a firearm. Should we outlaw swimming pools. I understand that when faced with a senseless horror such as the school shooting in CT we all want to act to prevent such events from happening in the future. However, it is not as simple as banning guns or assault weapons. Doing so will not prevent future atrocities as the issue is far more complex. 3 of the 5 worst school shootings have taken place in Germany, a country where gun control laws are extremely strict. There are many issues involved in such events and the status of gun control laws is only one. I am open to have a discussion about how we address the issues that contributed to the events in CT. It is not clear to me that gun control is the most effective approach. It is telling that our politicians and press have focused almost exclusively on gun control before the facts are known and the innocent victims have been put to rest.
Sam Based December 18, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Banning guns wouldn't do a thing... Even with strict gun laws getting firearms is still easy as pie... Just talk to your local drug dealer, meet his plug, meet HIS plug, and that man will most likely know a gun dealer.
Sam Based December 18, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Scratch that, you probably don't even need to go that high up in the drug dealer rankings to find a gun dealer.
LCT December 29, 2012 at 09:19 AM
Sounds like Rep. Markey is already campaigning for the Senate. Just what we need, yet another knee-jerk, lock-step, group-think left-wing liberal career politician. One who has no shame & is using this awful tragedy for political gain. Where's your outrage over Fast & Furious, Mr. Markey? Body count in the US not high enough (we've no clue how many innocents have potentially been harmed by all those guns)? Wrong age group? Too close to the White House for your comfort? Selective outrage? Typical politician: hypocrite. SHAME ON YOU! Mass DOES NOT NEED tougher gun laws; we already have some of the most strict gun laws in the country. The State House has done its level best to make obtaining a permit as difficult. lengthy & expensive as possible. I know this doesn't fit your agenda but how many criminals do you think, Mr. Markey, bother to get a license or legally obtain a gun? Zip, zero, nada.

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