New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
BUFFALO, N.Y. - It's only natural that Friday's tragic shooting in Newtown will open the door for another emotional debate regarding gun control. In fact, it appears to have already begun.
A comment from Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-New York) may have set the tone for what's to come. Five hours after the shooting, one of the strongest and fastest statements about gun control came from Gov. Cuomo.
In part, Gov. Cuomo said: ". . . This is yet another senseless and horrific act of violence involving guns. We as a society must unify and once and for all crack down on the guns that have cost the lives of far too many innocent Americans. Let this terrible tragedy finally be the wake-up call for aggressive action and I pledge my full support in that effort."
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who was in Western New York Friday, also weighed in
"I believe in the second amendment, and I support hunters rights and the rights of gun enthusiasts to own and be legal, law abiding citizens," Gillibrand (D-New York) said. "But when you have a mentally deranged person who has access to such powerful ammunition that is truly only designed for wartime, you have to ask -- does it make sense for us as a community? And I think that is the nature of the debate we will have."
According to NBC News, the Newtown shooter used two hand guns that were legally purchased by and registered to his mother.
Conservative politician-turned-radio-host David Bellavia, while on the air on WBEN, attacked leaders for raising the gun issue so soon.
"There's not a tragedy in the world that a liberal, progressive won't exploit," Bellavia said to his radio listeners Friday evening. "A liberal is going to come up with any way to push their social agenda. Today should be about hugging your kids. Today should be about falling to our knees and thanking God for everything that we have."
An emotional President Obama, while not specifically referencing guns, talked about stopping similar massacres.
"The majority of those who died today were children. Beautiful little kids between the ages of five and ten years old. They had their entire lives ahead of them," President Obama said while wiping away tears. "As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it's an elementary school in Newtown or a shopping mall in Oregon or a temple in Wisconsin or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago, these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children. And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics."
We wanted to ask Republican Congressman-elect Chris Collins about the issue. His spokesperson told us Collins would not say anything beyond a condolence statement Collins posted on his facebook page.
We should note that all of these leaders first offered their condolences before delving into the gun control issue.