Democrats Call for Gun and Rhetoric Control
By Susan Jones|CNSNews
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), a gun control advocate, reportedly plans to introduce a bill on Monday banning the type of high-capacity magazine used by the Tucson gunman to shoot U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 19 other people outside a grocery store on Saturday.
One of McCarthy’s House colleagues, meanwhile, plans to introduce legislation barring the use of threatening language or violent imagery toward members of Congress.
“We need to be closing down this rhetoric,” Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.) told CNN on Sunday. He wants words and images that can be construed as threats against lawmakers to be treated the same way they would be if they were used against the president.
“We are going to expand Title 18 United States Code 871 that deals with threats against the President and we are going to explain it to members of Congress, in the Performance of their duties:, Representative Brady stated.
“We are as out there as much as anybody else, and we are going to criminalize behavior that engage in putting cross-hairs or bullseye on members of Congress or their districts”, he noted.
Anchor Whitfield clarified if Congressman’s Brady intention was to proposal the legislation he intents to draft the first day of the Congressional Session, a crime.
“Yes we are going to make that a Federal Crime, exactly”, Brady noted.”
McCarthy did not release details of her bill. “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 (Monday),” McCarthy told Politico.com on Sunday.
Authorities say 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner purchased his gun, a semi-automatic Glock, legally in Arizona. Although he was known for bizarre behavior, he had not been adjudicated mentally ill, which would have prevented him from legally buying a gun.