By Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog
In the aftermath of Friday’s school massacre in Connecticut, Nebraska’s Capitol Hill class of 2013 is not talking about the politics of gun rights, at least not yet.
Contacted by Nebraska Watchdog, U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns and U.S. Reps. Lee Terry and Adrian Smith said their prayers were with the victims’ families.
In statements issued late Friday, Smith and Terry added this was not the time for “political debate” on gun control.
During a Sunday night vigil at Newtown High School, President Obama, who did not mention the word gun during his 18-minute speech, said he would use “whatever power this office holds” to enact changes aimed at preventing future mass killings.
“Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm?” Obama asked. “If we’re honest with ourselves, the answer’s no. We’re not doing enough. And we will have to change.”
Earlier Sunday, Connecticut U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent who just weeks ago was campaigning for Bob Kerrey’s ill-fated Senate bid, told Fox News that military-style assault weapons should be banned. Lieberman also called for a national commission on gun violence.
U.S. Sen-elect Deb Fischer, who beat Kerrey, has not responded to questions about gun law changes that might be coming from the White House.
During the campaign, Fischer, a Republican, proudly noted her support for the Second Amendment and her vote in the Nebraksa Legislature that helped pass the 2005 law allowing Nebraskans to carry concealed handguns.
Also during the campaign, when asked by Nebraska Watchdog which Senate Democrats she could work with, Fischer named West Virginia’s Joe Manchin.
Early Monday, Manchin, who has an A rating from the National Rifle Association and was endorsed by the NRA when he ran for re-election, said it was time to “move beyond rhetoric” on gun control. Manchin did not say what specific restrictions he would support.
One of the few pro-gun rights’ activists on Capitol Hill taking the national stage on the debate during the weekend was U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.
In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Gohmert upped the ante on concealed weapons arguing that the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School, who according to police died trying to stop the killer, would have had a fighting chance if she’d been armed.
“I wish to God she 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. But she takes him (the shooter) out, takes his head off before he can kill those precious kids,” Gohmert said.
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