Top ten crazy quotes about American gun laws in wake of Newtown massacre
From historical figures to celebrities, everyone has an opinion on gun laws in America
Last Friday morning, the news of the massacre in Newtown began to filter through about an unknown gunman who went on a killing spree in Sandy Hook elementary school.
One week on we still know little about the motive which drove Adam Lanza (20) to kill his own mother before murdering 26 others, 20 of whom were children under the age of 7.
The tragic events in Connecticut have once again reignited the gun control debate in the U.S. Here is a snap shot of some reactions from those in public office, as well as some famous quotes about gun control in America.
1. President Barack Obama on his commitment to gun control.
"I will use all the powers of this office to help advance efforts aimed at preventing more tragedies like this."
2. Academy award winner Michael Moore responding to the Newton massacre.
“I'm convinced the majority of Americans will now back strong gun control laws. And a better mental health care system. And perhaps a few are willing to look at the deeper issue of how this country officially sanctions violence as a means to an end.”
“The NRA, for the first time ever, has gone silent. They've taken their Facebook page down. They know they can't show up in Newtown next week and stick it to the people there, like they usually do after one of these mass killings. Let's face it, the gun lobby tonight is on the ropes. Now is the time to act. We can't let this sad moment pass without a true response and a president willing to be a strong leader.”
3. Republican Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, a gun rights advocate, told "Fox News Sunday:"
“I wish to God she [principal of Sandy Hook Elementary Schoo] had had an M-4 in her office, locked up so when she heard gunfire, she pulls it out and she didn't have to lunge heroically with nothing in her hands," he said.
4. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
"Words alone cannot heal our nation. Only action can do that. Gun violence is a national epidemic," Bloomberg said. "I demand a plan. The time for talk is over."
5. Charles Heston speaking to Fox News Channel, September 15, 1997
"... There's no such thing as a good gun. There's no such thing as a bad gun. A gun in the hands of a bad man is a very dangerous thing. A gun in the hands of a good person is no danger to anyone except the bad guys. ..."
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