- Post 20 July 2012
- By Copy Editor
"Maybe it's time that the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they are going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a gun control advocate, said early Friday morning.
"The shooter should be brought to justice and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York, a Democrat whose husband was killed in a mass shooting on a train, said Friday morning. "But we as a nation should also not continue to ignore avenues to prevent tragedies like this from happening in the future."
Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, a Republican, said the story made him wonder, "With all those people in the theater, was there nobody that was carrying a gun that could have stopped this guy more quickly?" (Gohmert also tied the tragedy to the "ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs.")
Online, meanwhile, debate was raging.
"A pre-emptive you should be ashamed of yourselves to any portion of the Federal government that doesn't at least try to have a conversation about guns after what happened today," wrote Daniel Gendler on Facebook. "Obama had a golden opportunity with Gabby Gifford[s], don't let this one slip away as well."
Jedediah Bila had this to say on Twitter: "Reminder to the gun control crowd: Guns don't kill people. People kill people. P.S.--Criminals & lunatics don't obey gun laws." ...continues...