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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.”

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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