This morning, the president held a brief photo op in the White House surrounded by the mothers of shooting victims, and raised concernthat the shock from the Newtown elementary school shooting could soonfade.
“Less than 100 days ago that happened. … Shame on us if we’veforgotten,” Obama said. “I haven’t forgotten those kids. Shame on us ifwe’ve forgotten.”
This crisis should not go to waste, he seemed to be saying.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) released the following statement on the president’s gun control lecture remarks:
Inany conversation about how to prevent future tragedies such as SandyHook, our focus should be on stopping criminals from obtaining guns.Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has failed to make this apriority — in 2010, out of more than 15,700 fugitives and felons whotried to illegally purchase a firearm, the Obama Justice Departmentprosecuted only 44. That is unacceptable.
Itis saddening to see the President today, once again, try to takeadvantage of this tragic murder to promote an agenda that will donothing to stop violent crime, but will undermine the constitutionalrights of all law-abiding Americans. I am committed to working withSens. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK)–and I hope manyother colleagues–to use any procedural means necessary to protect thosefundamental rights.