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Lautenberg: Action needed to stop gun violence

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.) renewed his call for new laws to combat gun violence following today's school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Lautenberg: Action needed to stop gun violence

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.) held a news conference on July 24, 2012, in Washington to criticize the sale to the public of high-capacity magazines for assault rifles, in the wake of the Colorado theater shootings. With him were (from left) Rep. Diana DeGette (D., Colo.), Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D., N.Y.) (File Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.) held a news conference on July 24, 2012, in Washington to criticize the sale to the public of high-capacity magazines for assault rifles, in the wake of the Colorado theater shootings. With him were (from left) Rep. Diana DeGette (D., Colo.), Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D., N.Y.) (File Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.) renewed his call for new laws to combat gun violence following today's school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

"This is a day of great sadness in America, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families. This latest shooting tragedy is an unthinkable act of violence carried out against young children and innocent people. Americans are sick and tired of these attacks on our children and neighbors and they are sick and tired of nothing being done in Washington to stop the bloodshed," Lautenberg said in a statement. "If we do not take action to address gun violence, shooting tragedies like this will continue. As President Obama said, we must act now 'regardless of the politics.'"

Lautenberg has often been a lonely voice on gun control, an issue that gets little traction in Washington but that he has steadily pushed. After the summer shooting at a movie theater in Colorado Lautenberg pushed his bill to ban the sale of high-capacity gun magazines.

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D., Pa.) also broached the topic, though in a less direct way.

"While nothing can relieve the pain of this tragedy, we can work to prevent these situations from happening again by engaging in a serious conversation about the issue of gun violence in our country," Schwartz said in a statement. "Today is a day for mourning the loss of the victims and for coming together as Americans to provide support for the community."

Several other local lawmakers, including Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa) and U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) have sent out messages of sadness and condolences, though without making any remarks on gun laws.

Jonathan Tamari
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Jonathan Tamari is the Inquirer’s Washington correspondent. He writes about the lawmakers, politics and policy that affect Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Tamari previously covered the Philadelphia Eagles and the NFL. Before that he worked in Trenton, reporting on the characters and color of New Jersey state government. He lives in Washington.

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