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December 18th, 2012
08:56 AM ET

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) talks gun control in aftermath of Sandy Hook shooting: 'the call is for action'

The tragedy in Newtown has sparked a heated national discussion about guns and gun violence. According to the centers for disease control, over 100,000 people were shot or killed with a firearm last year. Democratic Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is a Senior Member of the House Homeland Security and Judiciary Committees. She is working on a new bill calling for an immediate ban on all assault weapons among other gun control measures that she says can prevent more horrific mass murders. She joins “Early Start” live from Houston this morning regarding the gun control debate and the Newtown School Shooting.

“The whole nation mourns,” Rep. Jackson Lee says, “and I think this is a significant moment in history, bar none, that surpasses any of the other horrific tragedies that we’ve faced and the call is for action.”  Rep. Lee says she hopes to collabborate with members of Congress to create legislation dealing with a ban on assault weapons as well as closing the gun show loop hole.

Rep. Jackson Lee also stresses the need to start a national dialogue on gun legislation along both sides of the aisle and with both houses together. "We've got to stop this divide between, 'you want to take my guns,'" she says. "This is a national dialogue not about the Second Amendment," Rep. Jackson Lee says. "But it is a dialogue about saving lives, and that's what this gun regulation legislation would be, not gun control."

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  1. Kendrick Avellar

    The second amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees every American the right to bear arms. Has any law ever been so ambiguous? What are arms? What does it mean to bear them? At least with the first amendment we know exactly where we stand: Freedom of speech. It couldn’t be any clearer. But, the right to bear arms leaves the second amendment open to different interpretations. We need gun permits to carry a concealed weapon. Do we need knife permits? No. Yet both can, and often do, cause death. We can own a gun, or a rifle, or a sub-machine gun, or a machete, and dozens of other tools to kill, even our own bare hands. So, gun control is a debate in our country that makes no sense unless you broaden the ban or acceptance to include all instruments of death.:*

    May 13, 2013 at 8:42 am | Reply
  2. CUTCO1

    So is this just an issue over gun control in general, or just outlawing gun sales

    January 13, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Reply
  3. sam j

    I'm so sick of all the gun control issues.... look idiots !!! If someone wants to do something horrible that includes guns..... trust me , they're not going to walmart or the local gun show to purchase one... guns are sold like drugs, if there is a want there will be suppliers....making tougher laws or even banding gun will not solve anything. ... this will only make law abiding citizens open to more criminal acts..... don't be stupid !!!

    January 11, 2013 at 11:38 am | Reply
  4. Name*richard

    How many Americans are killed each year by drunk drivers taking the lives of innocent men women and children ? None of the pro gun ban politicians want to discuss that due to revenue for the states. The mother of the killer was not responsible by having the guns only accessible to her the registered owner. Get a safe lock the guns up and this prevents this !
    Guns don't kill, people do !

    December 18, 2012 at 11:09 am | Reply

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