Shooting Fuels Gun Control Debate
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- White House spokesman Jay Carney says President Obama was notified about the shooting by his homeland security advisor, John Brennan.
Carney says the president has received regular updates all day long. He says the president spoke on the phone to Connecticut's governor and pledged support of the federal government.
Wealso spoke to Michigan senator Carl Levin, and he got a little emotional talking about this incident.
"I can't even begin to comprehend how anyone could do this to children much less to adults. As a father of three and a grandfather of six, you worry about your kids and your grandkids every moment. It's just too horrific to even begin to know how I would cope or how my wife would cope if one of our kids or grandkids was in this kind of a tragedy,
said Senator Carl Levin (D - Michigan).
Whenever there's a mass shooting like this, the gun rights versus gun control debate is once again thrust into the spotlight. When we spoke to Levin today, we still did not know what kind of weapon was used, but here's what he had to say about that.
"If it's a semi-automatic, I just don't understand why we continue to permit these kind of weapons that have no kind of sporting purpose that I know …I'll defend rifles and shotguns. Obviously, they have sporting purpose and should be protected and are protected," he said.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said while today is not a day to debate gun policy, President Obama remains committed to banning assault weapons.