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September 18, 2014

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Harry Reid: ‘We’re not doing enough to protect our citizens’

Harry Reid

Harry Reid

Sen. Harry Reid echoed President Barack Obama’s strong signal Sunday night that Congress has a responsibility to address Friday’s massacre of 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., by changing some laws.

But what specifically, neither Reid nor the president is saying.

“Part of the healing process will require Congress to examine what can be done to prevent more tragedies in towns like Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., Oak Creek, Wis., or Portland, Ore.,” Reid said. “As President Obama said last night, no one law can erase evil, no policy can prevent a determined madman...but we need to accept the reality that we’re not doing enough to protect our citizens.”

Reid called for a change in the “laws and culture that allow this violence to continue to grow” and said “every idea should be on the table as we discuss how best to do just that.”

He stopped short, however, of calling for a national discussion on gun control.

In the few days since the Newtown tragedy, several Democratic lawmakers and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have come out with impassioned pleas to address gun control at the federal level, at least with a bill to revive the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004.

According to authorities, gunman Adam Lanza used a semiautomatic Bushmaster .223 rifle when he gunned down his victims. The weapon, and the other firearms used in the massacre, were registered to his mother, Nancy Lanza, who was shot to death at her home.

The latest voice to join the call for a debate on gun control is conservative Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, an avid sportsman who maintains an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association.

He told the hosts on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning that it was time for everybody, including NRA members, to have an honest discussion about gun control.

“I don’t know anyone in the hunting or sporting arena that goes out with an assault rifle,” Manchin said. “I don’t know anybody that needs 30 rounds in the clip to go hunting. I mean, these are things that need to be talked about.”

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  1. At least this administration sent dangerous guns to Mexico (Fast and Furious) so people there could get killed by them---but Harry doesn't want to look into that. Oh wait, two Americans were killed as well. Not to bother.

    Oh, also, Obama and Congress (Reid runs the Senate, I believe) cut funding from school security programs for 2011 and 2012.

    The media ignores both, but still does stories to make it look like Obama, Reid, and their ilk are working to protect us.

    You are complicit.

  2. What if a Fast and Furious gun was used in the Newtown shooting? Would the President ask for an investigation of himself into why it happened?

    Fast and Furious guns were used to kill 300+ Mexicans and at least two Americans. These guns are still out there and Obama and the media ignore.

  3. The problem -- deranged monsters living among us -- can't be addressed at the national level. It would be futile. Harry needs to get back to things the congress can deal with like preventing the U.S. from becoming Greece in four years.

  4. ... TOTALLY agree WITH Sen. Reid, an HONORABLE/Liberal Mormon, who've I known since starting my 39+yr. career in Print-Journalism at thee LV Review-Journal in '73! We here, in thee Bflo./Niagara region, are with Pres. Obama & you on this matter!!!

  5. What we really need is "protection" from Reid the Red and his fellow travelers. Not to lessen or demean the immeasurable pain, suffering & loss caused by Adam Lanza, as a whole, they are doing far worse damage to this nation than any screwed up monster who guns down innocent victims. Sooner or later, everyone will be a "victim" to their leftist agenda as it takes the USA down the toilet.