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Shaheen: 'We Need to Get Assault Weapons Off Our Streets'

The U.S. Senator from New Hampshire says a "comprehensive approach" must be taken to end "the culture of violence."

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, issued a statement Monday in the wake of last week's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., saying it's time to get assault weapons off the streets.

"After a heartbroken weekend where the nation grieved with the families of Newtown, it's time for elected leaders to come together and determine what we can do to help end the culture of violence that is leading to these tragedies," Shaheen said. "We need a comprehensive approach that includes improving access to mental health services, better enforcement of our current laws, and we need to get deadly assault weapons off our streets."

Shaheen is one of several prominent New Hampshire politicians who have issued statements in the wake of Friday's deadly shooting, .

Gov.-Elect Maggie Hassan issued a similar statement on Monday, saying "we owe it to those we've lost to come together and determine what can be done to make our communities safer and better, including improving our mental health system and addressing the proliferation of deadly assault weapons."

JPF36 June 22, 2013 at 06:40 PM
JIM, You are 100% CORRECT.
Proud Conservative June 23, 2013 at 01:22 AM
What part of "Criminals do not obey laws" do you not understand? It doesn't matter how may laws you pass, if someone wants a gun they will get one.
Kevin Harrington June 23, 2013 at 03:29 PM
John, Ditto.... I have agreed with Sen. Shaheen over the years, but have argued directly with the Senator on "assault weapons". I have posted further down the blog list with reals statistics. If only our citizens would become informed through research and education, they would find that gun crime in general has declined drastically year over year for the last 30 years. As for the rhetoric (often off topic in this blog) regarding the article of getting "assault weapons" off the street, one assumes based on the political noise and news agencies the reference to "assault weapons" is the AR-15. As posted later in this thread, "assault weapons" are recorded by the FBI as used in gun violence historically is less than one tenth of one percent of all murders. The issue with bloggers posting to oppose guns, the Second Amendment rights, banning, limiting and confiscation are driven by the heart and news media only. We can all agree that the news of heinous acts across our country has saddened anyone with morals, a heart and compassion for human life. There are steps to be taken to address these issues. I agree with John. Gun legislation presented recently will do nothing to address gun violence. The noise is another attempt by the current administration to take advantage of "the opportunity". That is why I have issued a stern letter to the Senator and Homeland Security in D.C. with real intelligent reform. This reform protects the 2nd Amendment and addresses education.
Kevin Harrington June 23, 2013 at 04:18 PM
When 1, 2, or 3 thugs attempt to enter my home without authorization, dialing 911 will not suffice. Hence I am proud to have the ability to fire 30 rounds in 10 seconds and take out 1, 2. or 3 thugs breaking and entering without authority. That is our Constitutional Right to protect our families, our children, our domain. You can dial 911... God Bless the outcome.
Kevin Harrington June 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM
I concur... JPF36. 100% correct!

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