In the hours following yesterday's horrific elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children and seven adults dead, lawmakers and the White House have heard an outpouring of calls for them to pursue new gun control regulations.
More than 100 people gathered outside the White House yesterday evening for a candlelight vigil to pay tribute to the victims of the Newtown shooting and ask President Obama to take action on gun control, the Washington Post reported.
Several high profile figures yesterday reacted to the massacre by demanding lawmakers address gun control in a meaningful way. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked Obama to take "immediate action," to introduce a gun control bill to Congress. He wrote: It has come to that. Not even kindergarteners learning their A,B,Cs are safe."
Through the White House's "We the People" online petition system, more than 70,000 people asked the Obama administration to "immediately address the issue of gun control through the introduction of legislation in Congress." A total of seven other related petitions are gaining steam as well. If a petition on the site gets more than 25,000 signatures, the administration will issue a formal response.
The nation's response needs to consist of "more than regret, sorrow and condolence," wrote Mark Kelly, the husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, D-Az., who was shot along with 18 others at an event meeting constituents in Tucson, Az. Six people died.Kelly wrote that victims of gun violence "deserve leaders who have the courage to participate in a meaningful discussion about our gun laws - and how they can be reformed and better enforced to prevent gun violence and death in America. This can no longer wait."