Huckabee: Gun Laws Wouldn't Help
Democrat McCarthy says 'gloves are off' on legislation
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2012 6:48 PM CST
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, Friday, Feb. 10, 2012.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The debate on gun laws is already under way in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting:

  • Mike Huckabee: "People want to pass new laws ... but this is a heart issue," he said on Fox News. "Laws don't change this kind of thing." He added: "We ask why there's violence in our schools, but we've systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?" More at the Huffington Post.
  • A petition on the White House website urging laws to limit access to guns got 25,000 signatures—the number required to mandate a White House response—in a matter of hours.
  • One of the leading advocates of gun control in Congress, Democrat Carolyn McCarthy, tells Politico that "the gloves are off" and she's prepared to "embarrass" the White House if it doesn't act.
  • The Hill rounds up comments from Democratic lawmakers calling for action here, and a key Republican urging restraint here.
  • White House spokesman Jay Carney said today wasn't the day to politicize the issue, but a Slate blogger says today was exactly the day to politicize the issue. Read it in full here.
  • In his emotional news conference, President Obama said the nation needs "meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics."

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Dec 20, 2012 8:27 AM CST
Only the religious brainwashed "christians" listen to fake preachers turned news commentators like Huckabee. He is a puke and is pandering to the idiots that believe that Fox News is truthful, fair and balanced. Please remember that these same loudmouth Tea Bag dimwits were beaten by a broad coalition of American voters in November. Americans want true goodness, not parochial bullshit in their lives.
Dec 17, 2012 10:21 AM CST
Hey Hick-a-bee, Where exactly was the "presence of GOD" when all those children were being molested by the Catholic priests? Don't tell me it's not the same God since you do share the Bible. Let me guess, that "God" just stood there and watched, just like he did in the last week during the shootings. Meanwhile, on the same day, an attack on kids in China by another crazy person left 22 kids wounded but none dead. Did "God" somehow "saved" those children or were the lack of guns the reason?
Dec 16, 2012 3:33 PM CST
Of course stricter gun control laws would have helped. Huckabee is either delusional or in a state of complete denial. Objective, non-partisan research affirms the facts. According to statistics compiled by Harvard Injury Control Research Center: "a broad array of evidence indicates that gun availability is a risk factor for homicide, both in the United States and across high-income countries. Case-control studies, ecological time-series and cross-sectional studies indicate that in homes, cities, states and regions in the US, where there are more guns, both men and women are at higher risk for homicide, particularly firearm homicide. Across high-income nations, more guns = more homicide. The Harvard Injury Research Program) analyzed the relationship between homicide and gun availability using data from 26 developed countries from the early 1990s. Researchers found that across developed countries, where guns are more available, there are more homicides. These results often hold even when the United States is excluded.