UNDATED (CBS) - The school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut has sparked a fresh debate on gun control. Sunday night, President Obama hinted that he may push for new legislation when he said the country had failed to protect its children and that it is inexcusable no to do more, simply because of tough politics. But gun control laws are definitely "tough politics."
President Obama says, "These tragedies must end, and to end them we must change."
The president never mentioned any specific steps he is willing to take but his speech in Newtown, Connecticut signaled he may be willing to tackle the issue of gun control. President Obama says, "No single law, no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. But that can't be an excuse for inaction."
Some Congressional Democrats say Friday's events have made the time ripe to renew the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. Sen. Chuck Schumer said on Face the Nation, "When the public sees these as isolated incidents, they're less upset than when they occur one after the other. And the public will not accept -- the public will not accept as a new normal one of these incidents every month, these mass shootings."
But passing gun control legislation will likely be difficult. Supporters of new laws would have to contend with the National Rifle Association, a powerful lobby group that supports gun-ownership rights. Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert is a NRA supporter. On Sunday he said if more Americans owned guns we'd be safer. Gohmert said on Fox News Sunday, "I wish to God she had had an M4 in her office locked up and so when she heard gunshots she pulls it out and she didn't have to lunge heroically with nothing in her empty hands so she takes him out."
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California said she will introduce new legislation next year to ban new assault weapons and high capacity magazines. The weapons used in Friday's shootings were legally purchased by Adam Lanza's mother.