School shooting leads to gun control debate

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The mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary has helped put the issue of gun control back in the spotlight.

20-Year-old Adam Lanza shot his way into the school in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14.

He then shot and killed 20 students and six adults.

Lanza was armed with a semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle and two handguns.

Many lawmakers now want to bring back the federal assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004, after its ten year term.

“I’m going to introduce the bill in the senate and the same bill will be introduced in the house. A bill to ban assault weapons,” said California Senator Dianne Feinstein on NBC’s Meet the Press.

Feinstein says her bill would outlaw high capacity magazines and military-style assault rifles, like the one that was used in Newtown.

On Fox News Sunday, Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert suggested that the tragedy would have ended differently if the school’s principal had been armed.

“So when she heard gunfire she pulls it out, and she didn’t have to lunge heroically with nothing in her hands but she takes him out, takes his head off before he can kill those precious kids,” said Gohmert.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin says lawmakers will hold hearings on gun control.

“It’s time for the president, I think, to stand up and lead and tell this country what we should do, not go to Congress and say, ‘What do you guys want to do?’ This should be his number one agenda,” said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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