(TIMES OF ISRAEL) — Politicians from across the US have called for a reassessment of gun laws in the wake of Friday’s deadly school shooting in Connecticut, with prominent Jewish representatives leading the charge. Two senators, including Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, called Sunday for a national commission to examine mass shootings in the United States, while Senator Dianne Feinstein of California (D) vowed to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons.
The proposals were among the first to come from Congress in the wake of Friday’s school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Gun rights activists remained largely quiet on the issue, all but one declining to appear on the Sunday talk shows. Meanwhile, Democrats vowed action and said it was time to hear from voters — not gun lobbyists — on how to prevent the next shooting.
The time for “saying that we can’t talk about the policy implications of tragedies like this is over,” said Rep. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who won a Senate seat in the November elections.