Carolyn McCarthy Tells Obama “Gloves Will Come Off” If He Fails To Act On Gun Control
Barely minutes had passed after the tragic mass murder occurred in a Connecticut school before Democrats around the country immediately jumped to proclaiming that gun control is needed now. Other than banning all “assault weapons” they’re a little short on details. What should be banned and/or controlled? Which guns? From which people? And here’s a sitting member of the House
(Politico) In the wake of the deadly Connecticut school shooting, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy said she has warned the White House “the gloves are off” if President Obama fails to act on the issue.
McCarthy (D-N.Y.), the foremost gun control advocate in Congress, said she spoke with White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew before Election Day and told him she will exert pressure on the White House to push for gun control legislation.
“I said, ‘Jack, I know the president is going through an election and I’m telling you after the election I’m coming out full force,’” McCarthy told POLITICO Friday. “I was just giving the White House a heads up that the gloves are off on my side and I was going to do everything I possibly could. … If that meant embarrassing everybody, that’s what I would do.”
Embarrassing the White House, McCarthy said, meant building a large-scale public campaign to ban assault weapons. She pledged to continue to work with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others to build support for her cause.
So far, McCarthy has introduced a few pieces of legislation (HR 308, 591, 1781, and 6241) on gun control, none of which would keep weapons out of the hands of wackjobs intent on getting their 15 minutes of fame by committing mass murder before suicide. In fact, we have laws right now against murder. Most follow them. People intent on breaking them really don’t care if assault weapons are banned (will Senator John Kerry, rumored to be the next Secretary of State, give up his own assault rifle?), nor about large capacity magazines being banned, nor about closing the gun show loophole. They’ll use a shotgun. Pistols with mags which hold 10 or less bullets. Make bombs. Use a knife. Manufacture a gun.
Her own statement following this tragedy is pathetic
“Our hearts go out to the victims and families from this horrific tragedy, especially during the holidays when kids should be thinking about presents and having fun with their families and friends, not America’s deadly problem with gun violence.
“There are a lot of unanswered questions right now, but one thing is clear — there’s too much gun violence in our country. These shootings are becoming all too common, and it’s too easy for dangerous people to get the weapons that help them perform mass executions like today’s.
“Leaders in Washington from both parties, and groups like the NRA, all say that now is not the time to talk about how gun safety laws can save lives in America. I agree, now is not the time to talk about gun laws — the time for that conversation was long before all those kids in Connecticut died today.
“We owe it to our children to work harder to reduce gun violence. The Second Amendment is the law of the land but it was never intended to allow murderers to take the lives of innocent kids. It’s our moral obligation as policymakers and as parents to do more to save lives.
“I hope the President’s words about taking ‘meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this regardless of the politics’ stay true as we continue down this road again.”
She took approximate 2 seconds to express that Someone Else is saddened before politicizing this tragedy. She could not even say that she herself was saddened.
The White House petition website has already seen an influx of petitions calling for some sort of nebulous gun laws, as well as a “national dialogue”, including one that has over 67K signatures. I’ll tell you what
Liberals making politics out of the school shooting should first give up their own guns
— WilliamTeach (@WilliamTeach) December 14, 2012