Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) is deeply, personally familiar with the effects of gun violence: Her husband was killed and her son gravely and permanently injured by a gunman who rampaged through their train car seventeen years ago. Since then, McCarthy has been a staunch advocate for stronger regulations on firearms.
As her colleagues grapple with their stance on gun regulations following the theater shooting in Colorado that killed 12 and injured 58, McCarthy is as vocal as ever about the need for stricter gun laws. On Sunday’s Meet The Press, McCarthy said her fellow members of congress “don’t have the spine anymore” to step up and take action:
McCARTHY: I always look at it this way, no one from the NRA is ever going to vote for me. They’re just not. They might even come after me on other issues. But the thing of it is, as a politician, a lot of politicians know it’s the right thing to try to fight for something to save lives. They don’t have the spine anymore. They pander to who’s giving them money.
Two of McCarthy’s colleagues have stepped up to call for assault weapons bans. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), who represents the district where the shooting occurred, and Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) hope to create stronger legislation in the fallout of the shooting. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) has also proposed modifications to ammunition sales.
The alleged gunman in the Aurora, Colorado shooting obtained all of his guns and ammunition legally. Those included 6,000 rounds of ammunition, two handguns, a shotgun, and an AR-15 rifle which was illegal until recently when lawmakers failed to renew a ban on the weapon.
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