MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Calls to strengthen the nation's gun control laws have come from parents and politicians — and even the president — in the days since 20 children and six adults were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.
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President Barack Obama said the nation must "take meaningful action" when he spoke Friday just a few hours after the shooting. He repeated his call for the nation to discuss gun laws when he spoke at a vigil in Newtown Sunday.
“We can't accept events like these as routine," Obama said in his speech. "Are we really prepared to say we are powerless in the face of such carnage – that the politics are too complicated?"
Gun-rights supporters, including the National Rifle Association, have been mostly quiet since the shooting. Republican Reps. Louis Gohmert of Texas and Don Richardson of Oregon have suggested arming more school faculty members.
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) said she plans to introduce a bill banning assault weapons when the next Congress comes into session after the new year.
"In the coming days and weeks, we must come to grips with the horrors of the growing gun violence we are witnessing with all too much frequency," U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-Bronx), who represents New York’s 17th Congressional District, said on his website. "This country must keep guns out of the hands of deranged murderers, and the fact that we cannot pass sensible gun control in this Congress is a blot on our reputation.
"As I have said many times in the past, we must pass sensible gun control. We owe it to the memories of the children and teachers murdered today."
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