In the immediate aftermath of the Connecticut elementary school shooting in Newtown, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell was quick to bring up gun control, lamenting that there doesn’t seem to be enough of it.
Before any facts of the shooting were known (such as what type of gun was used or even the mental state of the shooter), Mitchell rattled off gun control issues championed by the left:
“When we talk about gun violence in this country, we’re not talking about Second Amendment rights. We’re talking about…reasonable background checks, reasonable controls, automatic weaponry and ammo, the multiple rounds that cause the greatest amount of violence. … Gun violence has been epidemic in this country going back decades. And we go through temporary periods…where we have an assault weapon ban, and then it is permitted to expire, David.”
But in what might shock some, colleague David Gregory threw some cold water on her hot comments, cautioning her to wait until more information was available.
“We know the contours of this debate, and it will get heated after an appropriate period of mourning and absorbing this tragedy. But it is worth adding all sides of the debate,” he cautioned. “We don’t know what the motive is here. We don’t know more about the shooter. We don’t know about the weapon involved. What we know is this is another horrible case of gun violence.”
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Liberal reporters, elected officials, pundits and Hollywood entertainers are blaming the National Rifle Association, calling for gun control and expressing no apologies for being political immediately in the wake of the Connecticut elementary school shooting on Friday:
I have only one question right now: Will President Obama use his political capital to take on the gun lobby in his second term?
— Roger Simon (@politicoroger) December 14, 2012
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Several progressive commentators did not wait for the full story to be reported before using Friday’s shooting at a Connecticut elementary school to score political points.
CNN talk show host Piers Morgan immediately took to his Twitter account to inject politics into the child massacre, demanding that the U.S. Constitution be altered to his satisfaction and urging President Obama to implement strict gun laws.
Some of Morgan’s tweets:
No more weasly words of ‘comfort’ Mr President. This is the latest, and worst, gun outrage on your watch. Time to act.
This is now President Obama’s biggest test – will he have the courage to stand up to the American gun lobby?
White House spokesman Jay Carney’s right – today’s not the day to debate gun control. YESTERDAY was the day to debate it.
Don’t just mourn these poor dead children America – get angry and do something to stop these senseless shootings happening.
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1:29 p.m. AP reports the suspect was a “20-year-old man with ties to the school,” law enforcement official says.
The official said that a gun used in the attacks is a .223-caliber rifle. The official also said that New Jersey state police are searching a location in that state in connection with the shootings.
1:18 p.m. CNN reports principal, school psychologist killed.
12:56 p.m. Fox News reports shooter was wearing a military vest.
12:54 p.m. Associated Press reports 27 dead, including 18 children.
12:44 p.m. CBS News reports at least 27 dead.
12:36 p.m. The Hartford Courant reports at least 20 people have been shot, multiple dead.
12:32 p.m.: ABC News reports at least 12 dead.
11:49 a.m.: The Hartford Courant is reporting there are multiple fatalities, including children, at an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. The exact number of deaths is unknown.
A shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday left 27 people dead, including 18 children, an official said.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way. Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity for the same reason, said the gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown was killed and apparently had two guns.
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