Senators Want Commission to Look at Mass Shootings

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON & NEW YORK CITY (AP) - Two senators are calling for a national commission to examine mass shootings in the United States, while a colleague says she's pushing to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons.

The proposals are among the first to come from Congress in the wake of Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut independent, tells "Fox News Sunday" that a national commission could be used to scrutinize the nation's gun laws, mental health system and the role that violent video games and movies might play in shootings.

Also on Fox, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., agreed and said it's the nation reflected in a "thoughtful way."

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that she'll revive her plan to ban new assault weapons.

Also on "Meet the Press," New York City's mayor says that in the wake of the Connecticut shooting rampage, President Barack Obama's priority should be to lead the country on gun control.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in an interview that aired Sunday that the president's job "is to perform and to protect the American public."

Bloomberg has been an outspoken gun control advocate for years. He notes that New York state has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, and New York City the lowest murder rate of any big American city.

The mayor says it's time for Obama to stand up and tell the country what needs to happen, not go to Congress and ask what lawmakers want to do.


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