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Calls for gun control are already being made.
"Gun laws have to be examined," Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., said Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press. He said that "doesn't mean denying guns" but reviewing how they become accessible.
It is not clear how alleged Arizona shooting suspect Jared Loughner obtained a 9mm Glock pistol with "extended magazine" that law enforcement say was used in Saturday's rampage. . . .
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) has announced that she will put forward new gun control legislation on Monday.
One of the fiercest gun-control advocates in Congress, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), pounced on the shooting massacre in Tucson Sunday, promising to introduce legislation as soon as Monday. . . .
“My staff is working on looking at the different legislation fixes that we might be able to do and we might be able to introduce as early as tomorrow,” McCarthy told POLITICO in a Sunday afternoon phone interview.
Gun control activists cried it was time to reform weapons laws in the United States, almost immediately after a gunman killed six and injured 14 more, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in Arizona on Saturday.
Many said that people with a history of mental instability, like the alleged shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, should not be able to buy a gun — and no one should be able to buy stockpiles of ammunition used by the 22-year-old assailant.
McCarthy said she plans to confer with House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to see “if we can work something through” in the coming week.
McCarthy’s bill will look to protect ordinary people, she said, but did not offer further details.
“Again, we need to look at how this is going to work, to protect people, certainly citizens, and we have to look at what I can pass,” she said. “I don’t want to give the NRA – excuse the pun – the ammunition to come at me either.”
Pennsylvania Rep. Robert Brady, a Democrat from Philadelphia, told CNN that he also plans to take legislative action. He will introduce a bill that would make it a crime for anyone to use language or symbols that could be seen as threatening or violent against a federal official, including a member of Congress. . . .
From Fox News today I learned this.
In discussing the attack on Rep. Giffords, Pima County, Ariz., Sheriff Clarence Dupnik claimed: “One party is trying to block the attempts of another party to make this a better country.”
Some information on his ability to purchase a gun.
FoxNews.com has learned that the suspect purchased a firearm legally — and after passing an FBI background check — from Sportsman's Warehouse's Tucson store in November, the company's vice president of hunting operations told FoxNews.com.
Loughner did not present a concealed weapons permit so he was required to pass an FBI background check, which he did "immediately and without incident," said Matt French, speaking from the Sportsman's Warehouse's Utah headquarters.
"To my knowledge, the firearm purchase was without incident," French said. . . . Loughner has multiple arrests but no criminal record. . . .
More on motives. Giffords was hardly an obvious choice for a far right wing group to go after.
According to a leaked memo obtained by Fox News, the Department of Homeland Security is looking into the possibility that suspected shooter Jared Loughner was linked to a white supremacist group called American Renaissance, or AmRen.
AmRen founder Jared Taylor, however, tells Fox he'd never heard of Loughner and that according to his group's records, Loughner never received AmRen publications. His group's events are all held on the East Coast, he said, far from Loughner's hometown of Tucson.
The memo Fox News says was written by someone within DHS says Loughner "is possibly linked to this group. (through videos posted on his myspace and YouTube account.)" The group is "anti government, anti immigration, anti ZOG (Zionist Occupational Government), anti Semitic," the memo said. (Taylor told Fox his group is not anti-Zionist.)
UPDATE: FBI Director Robert Mueller would not confirm any connection between Loughner and any hate group at a press conference. . . .
As a blue-dog Democrat, Giffords walked a fine line between calling for more border security and an end to boycotts over SB1070 while also supporting a path to citizenship for some of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. . . .